Study: More Teens Using E-Cigs

December 17, 2014 11:27 AM

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Study: More Teens Using E-Cigs

Electronic cigarettes are replacing traditional ones among teenagers, according to new government research. The annual drug use survey from the National Institutes of Health reveals that while tobacco smoking among teens is at an all-time low, e-cigarette use is on the rise. Just four percent of eighth graders in the survey reported smoking a traditional cigarette in the past month, but nearly nine percent said they'd used an e-cigarette. That rate increases with age, with 17 percent of high school seniors reporting e-cigarette use, compared with 14 percent of 12th graders who used regular cigs.

E-cigs are marketed as a safer alternative to regular smoking because they use water vapor rather than harmful tobacco, but they still contain addictive nicotine. Dr. Alexandra Loukas with the University of Texas Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team says e-cigs largely remain a mystery. "They're n...

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