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Apr 24, 2014 8:13 PM by Leah Kraus

Schools worry about e-cigarette usage

Doctors have voiced concern over the millions of middle and high school students that have already tried e-cigarettes.

School districts are also concerned -- in Pueblo, the D-70 district has even given their tobacco policy a makeover that explicitly says using e-cigarettes on school property is prohibited.

Greg Keasling, director of student services, says he worries that the electronic devices could cause students physical harm.

"I'm scared about that because this electronic device offers a more potent and lethal ability for kids to harm themselves and kill themselves" he says.

Keasling says this year e-cigarette usage has been worse than ever and that he's seen students take the devices out at lunch time and use them while walking down the hallways.

Across town, the FDA regulations have hit a sour note with Smoker Friendly. The smoke shop wants them to butt out of business.

"It's just one more way the government is controlling our lives as american citizens," says Beverly Truax, an employee of the store.

The store says they do not let anyone in under the age of 18 and that flavored e-cigarettes are marketed to adults, not children.

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