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FILE - This Thursday, July 16, 2015 file photo shows bottles of various flavors of vapor solution, known as "juice," for use in e-cigarettes at a shop in Sacramento, Calif. Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research released Thursday, Aug. 25, 2015 suggests that most teens aren't vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Most teens are apparently vaping the flavored stuff, not nicotine


In this photo taken Tuesday, July 7, 2015, Vapor Spot employee Angel Delao displays a variety of e-cigarettes for sale at the store, in Sacramento, Calif. As e-cigarettes rise in popularity, ?vape shops? are popping up around the nation, places where customers can gather to inhale doses of nicotine through a flavored vapor solution. Industry officials say California is at the epicenter, with an estimated 1,400 retailers, operating largely without regulations in a Wild West atmosphere, but rules are imminent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A new study suggests  health officials have less reason to worry about students using e-cigarettes: most teens are vaping "just flavoring," not nicotine. 

This finding challenges many common assumptions and practices, and points to the need for vaporizer-specific research.

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research examined the results of a nationwide survey of 15,000 students. More than 3,800 of the students said they'd used e-cigarettes. 

In this Jan. 13, 2015 photo, Tyler Newman, 24, vapes during his managing shift at the Madison, Wis., e-cigarette shop Infinite Vapor. Lawmakers will reignite conversations this week about whether vaping _ using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices _ should be included in Wisconsin?s smoking ban. (AP Photo/Dana Ferguson)

Of those students, two-thirds vaped with a device using a flavored ingredient. 

[It] seems inaccurate for the description of a device that the majority of youth do not use to vape nicotine.

The Food and Drug Administration recently began regulating the manufacture and sale of what it calls "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems," which include vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes.  The study's authors say that term isn't accurate when describing vaporizers. 

Vaping is becoming increasingly common among students. According to the FDA, over 3 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015. That's up from an estimated 2.46 million in 2014.

Most teens are apparently vaping the flavored stuff, not nicotine

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Most teens are apparently vaping the flavored stuff, not nicotine
Most teens are apparently vaping the flavored stuff, not nicotine

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