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Health Department issues e-cigarette advisory

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 6, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Health Department is cautioning consumers to be aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes, which use vapor to deliver nicotine.

The agency says the practice known as 'vaping' exposes consumers to harmful chemicals. Health officials said Tuesday that e-cigarettes are unregulated and pose health risks to users and people who breathe second-hand fumes.

Officials say e-cigarettes should not be used indoors or in vehicles because secondhand vapor exposes people to a variety of chemicals. The Health Department says bystanders can inhale nicotine, propylene glycol and tobacco-related contaminants, which include formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein.

Officials say pregnant women should avoid the devices because nicotine can damage a developing fetus. The agency says e-cigarettes come with flavorings, such as bubble gum, that make them more attractive to young people.

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