Electronic cigarettes have been surging in popularity due to being sold as a cleaner, safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. However these smoking substitutes are a long way from being safe, according to some doctors and researchers – and children are particularly at risk.

These products are being tried by more and more teenagers, even as worries about the effect that e-cigarettes have on children with their secondhand vapor being increasingly raised by scientists. Age restrictions may soon be recommended on e-cigarettes by some public bodies, who feel that children who are being accidentally exposed to these products is a public health concern that needs to be taken with the utmost seriousness, as well as making parents realize how potentially dangerous they could be.

The FDA is also looking into the possibility of regulating e-cigarettes, although for adults it is still believed that they are a much less dangerous form of smoking than ordinary cigarettes.