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BC Dog Shelter: No More "Human Testing" Of E-Cigarettes

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BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -

You've heard of the movement against animal testing products, but what about human testing? The Broome County Dog Shelter and Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga are taking a stand against youth e-cigarette use, saying the increased use among teens and young adults is like human testing the products, since so little is known about the long-term health effects.

"Of course, we've seen a lot of the illnesses, pulmonary illnesses related to vaping. We're still not sure exactly the constituents in e-cigarettes that are causing that illness," says Sharon Fischer, Public Health Educator at the Broome County Health Department. 

Fischer likens the rise in vaping popularity to that of traditional cigarettes. She says the younger generation is drawn in without knowing what effects the products will have on their bodies down the road. Fischer says e-cigs and vaping products are not regulated by the FDA. 

The dogs at the Broome County Dog Shelter are being photographed to be featured in The Truth's Don't Test on Humans Campaign, which kicks off on social media tomorrow. The shelter says this helps get the adoptable dogs out there for the public to see and contributes to the message Truth is trying to spread.