November 14, 2013 at 3:21 AM CST - Updated July 21 at 7:45 AM
Law enforcement wants to warn people about what could be the next drug problem.
Deputies with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department recently confiscated electronic cigarettes being used to smoke illegal drugs.
Kevin Glaser from the SEMO Drug Task Force said they haven't seen it in Southeast Missouri, but that doesn't mean it's not happening. He said there have been a few reported cases in St. Louis, which to him means it's only a matter of time before it makes it down here.
Glaser wants parents to be aware of what to look for because a few of the cases so far involve minors. He said people get the marijuana in a liquid form and then use that liquid for the electronic cigarette.When they blow out, it doesn't have the same odor that we typically think of when we think marijuana.
"It's a situation where it is harder to detect," Glaser said. "The odor is not given off like a typical marijuana cigarette so people that are using this their intent is to deceive and mask what they are really doing."
While there is no data on how many teens are using e-cigarettes or vaporizers to smoke marijuana, a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report shows the percentage of teens who smoke e-cigarettes doubled from 2011 to 2012.