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More teens using smokeless tobacco

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The number of high school students who smoke is dropping, but the number of high school students who use other tobacco products is rising. These other tobacco products include snus, nicotine pills, chewing tobacco, cigars, and even a liquid that looks and works like hand sanitizer. These products can be very deceiving to parents who may not know what they are.

“They’re marketed by the tobacco industry to look like candy or gum which is very attractive to youth. They also come in a variety of flavors,” said Michaelle Houghtaling, director of Northampton’s tobacco free partnership.

These products are also a lot cheaper than cigarettes. A pack of cigarettes can cost anywhere from eight to ten dollars. These products cost anywhere from 50 cents to four dollars.

Technically, you have to be older than 18 to buy these products, but state statistics show that 7% of Massachusetts high school students are getting them and using them.

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