CDC wants to crack down on advertising for e-cigarettes

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NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s lead public health agency is focusing its attack on electronic cigarettes on the issue of advertising, saying too many kids see the ads.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released national survey results Tuesday indicating 7 in 10 youths see e-cigarette ads, mostly in stores.

CDC officials worry such ads will lead more kids to try them and, perhaps, regular cigarettes.

There are bans on TV commercials and some other types of marketing for regular cigarettes but there are no restrictions on advertisements for e-cigarettes. Most states, though, ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The report doesn’t prove advertising is actually causing more kids to pick up e-cigarettes and a trade group said the survey is flawed.

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