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E-Cigarette Use Rising Among Teens

WTVO/WQRF - Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes, but many are still getting their nicotine fix somewhere.

WTVO/WQRF - Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes, but many are still getting their nicotine fix somewhere.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says overall tobacco use among middle and high school students last year was about one percentage point lower than in 2011, mostly due to a decline in teens smoking cigarettes.

However, according to the 2012 National Youth Tobacco survey, more 6th-12th graders are using hookahs and e-cigarettes.

Last year, about 5.4% of high school students said they used hookahs at least once a month, up from 4.1% in 2011 and 2.8% tried e-cigarettes, up from 1.5.%

The CDC attributed the increase to lower prices for these products as well as their increased marketing and availability, and the perception that they are safer alternatives to cigarettes.

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