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Teen E-Cigarette Use on the Rise

CDC Says 75 percent of E-Cig smokers use regular cigarettes as well.

Stock Photo: Credit Patch
Stock Photo: Credit Patch

Written by Mischa Arnosky

The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled among middle school and high school students between 2011 and 2012.

That’s according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control, which also found that more than 75 percent of young smokers who had tried e-cigarettes in the past 30 days also smoked regular cigarettes in the same period.

The report found that the number high school students who had ever used an e-cigarette rose from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10.0 percent in 2012.

"The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a news release "Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes." 

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