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8A Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Public health director warns of e-cigarette dangers Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plurnasnews.com They come in pretty containers. They taste good. They can kill a child. Their use is on the rise. "They" are e-cigarettes. Public Health Director Mimi Hall discussed the rise of e-cigarette use in the county with the Plumas Board of Supervisors during its Jan. 20 meeting. A recent survey revealed that 40 percent of ninth-graders and 46 percent of llth-graders in the county have used e-cigarettes; and 28 percent and 29 percent, respectively, have used them four or more times. "I was shocked by these results," Hall told the supervisors. The majority of the students polled thought that smoking cigarettes was harmful to one's health, but only 15 percent considered an e-cigarette harmful. "It's being marketed as a safe alternative," Hall said. "I Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Goss successfully chooses an e-cigarette hidden among the pens and pencils in a box. Goss, one of two supervisors to find the device, had an advantage because his family owns a pharmacy. Photo by Debra Moore fully expect those numbers to rise." It consists of a battery, a vaporizing chamber, an ingredients cartridge and a tip. The ingredients are usually propylene glycol (the ingredient found in antifreeze) or glycerin; What is an e-cigarette? An e-cigarette is an electronic smoking device that delivers nicotine, but is tobacco free. SPECIAL CHANGE $39.95* OIL OIL & FILTER Change plus: Check antifreeze & all fluids Inspect all external lights 50 pt Inspection INCLUDES: Inspect Tire pressure and tread ,Check battery & charging system Visual Brake check (w/o wheel pull) 213Dann'Ct. tr,,uslfla! 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"They're learning how to This box seems to be filled with pens and pencils, but hidden among the writing instruments are e-cigarettes. Photo submitted put other substances in the chambers, such as heroin," Hall said. Often e-cigarette use starts far more innocently, with just flavorings. "They're marketing to the kids -- what they look like, the flavors," Hall said. While some e-cigarettes are easily recognizable, others are much harder to spot, making it difficult for adults to monitor their use. In addition to direct inhalation, secondhand smoke is a concern. Hall recounted a recent Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic #0B68653 Providing Insurance & Rnancial Services 65 W. Main St.. 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