"Hookah Pens" Gain Popularity at Local Middle School

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    The principal of a local middle school is warning parents and fellow educators of a new trend among teens -- hookah pens. Prince George's County Bureau reporter Zachary Kiesch has the story. (Published Friday, Nov 15, 2013)

    The principal of a local middle school is warning parents and fellow educators of a new trend among teens -- hookah pens.

    They don't contain nicotine or tobacco, but function much like electronic cigarettes. The pen vaporizes a liquid and is then "smoked" like a cigarette.

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    Samuel Ogle Middle School Principal Mark Covington told News4 he noticed some of his students using the hookah pen last month.

    "Because they operate almost identically to the e-cigarettes that do contain nicotine, in my mind, it's the same thing," Covington said.

    The pens are sold at convenience stores in bright packaging, resembling fun-colored pens that could draw in younger crowds. Covington sent a letter home to parents, warning them of the up and coming trend.

    The pens cost around $10 each.