Tobacco companies were criticized by Democratic senators for targeting young people with electronic cigarettes after a CDC study showing a twofold increase in the use of such devices among middle- and high-school students. "Electronic cigarettes as marketed today -- with flavors like bubblegum and strawberry -- are targeted at young people with the very clear intent of creating a new generation of smokers," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "These new tobacco products demand greater action by Congress, oversight and regulation to ensure that we continue to reduce smoking and tobacco usage, regardless of its source, among children and all Americans," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.

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