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More teenagers take up hookah, e-cigarettes
The good news... Fewer U.S. teens are smoking cigarettes.
The bad news... They're finding their nicotine somewhere else.
Fox 4's Justin Hinton explains how one smoke shop manager is putting his foot down on the under-18s trying to buy his product.
"These are electronic hookahs. Like I said we have different flavors. These are zero nicotine."
Smoke shack manager Hassan Ulhaque sells all types of electronic smoking device, some with nicotine and some without.
"A lot of our electronic hookahs are 0 nicotine, so you don't even have a choice to have nicotine in it. Zero nicotine, just flavor, so it's better off buying an electronic hookah than going to a hookah bar and smoking hookah which has nicotine in it, which has real smoke."
Some of his customers turn to the e-devices to quit smoking.
"In the last two months, we sold 1,200 electronic cigarettes set up to our customers and out of that, as far as the feedback coming back, 400 people actually quit."
But while a large number of adults are quitting, a younger age group is joining the electronic craze.
In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more teens are turning to electronic cigarettes.
The number has nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012.
"I think as business owners, it's our responsiblity to make sure the younger age people do not get access to it. If you're not 18, you can't even come in the store."
Also increasing... the number of middle and high school students using hookahs.
Statistics that play a role in Ulhaque's life.
"I mean, I have a 1-year-old, so I want to make sure he's not getting access to anything that's bad for him."
So whether it's electronic hookah an electronic cigarette or the real thing... He says it's managers jobs to prevent those under 18, from picking up the habit.