E-cigarette use soared, smoking rate fell among U.S. youth in 2014: CDC

April 16, 2015 5:08 PM

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E-cigarette use soared, smoking rate fell among U.S. youth in 2014: CDC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Electronic cigarette use among U.S. middle and high school students tripled in 2014 while cigarette use fell to record lows, according to provocative new data that is likely to intensify debate over whether e-cigarettes are a boon or bane to public health.

Among high school students, e-cigarette use jumped to 13.4 percent in 2014 from 4.5 percent in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette use over the same period fell to 9.2 percent from 12.7 percent, the largest year-over-year decline reported in more than a decad...

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