E-cigarette use triples among youth

Published April 16, 2015

ATLANTA –  In just one year, e-cigarette use tripled among U.S. middle and high school students, according to a report today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). E-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among this age group.

"Currently there is about 4.6 million students who report using any form of tobacco," said Brian King, deputy director for research translation at the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "About 2.5 million of those are e-cigarette users.

Although e-cigarettes are "smokeless," the devices use an aerosol mist to deliver nicotine, which is addictive.

"No form of tobacco — whether it's combustible, incombustible or electronic — is safe for youth to use," King said. "And that is primarily because we know nicotine can have adverse health effects on the developing adolescent brain. It can lead to addiction. And it could also lead to sustained forms of tobacco use."

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