E-cigarette use doubled in one year in middle and high schools

Monday, November 18, 2013

Electronic cigarette use doubled among U.S. middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012, health officials say.

A report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found e-cigarettes rose among high school students from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent. Hookah use among high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent from 2011-12.

The report also said the increase in the use of electronic cigarettes and hookahs could be due to an increase in marketing, availability and visibility of these tobacco products and the perception that they might be safer alternatives to cigarettes.

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