American youngsters use e-cigs more than traditional cigarettes

Precious Silva – Fourth Estate Contributor

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E) – A study conducted by the federal government suggests that the use of e-cigarettes by teenage Americans has exceeded their use of traditional sticks.

Nearly 9% among grade 8 students reported they had used an e-cig in the last month, while 4% smoked traditional cigarettes. As reported by the Associated press, the rates were 16% and 7% among those in grade 10 and 17% and 14% among those in senior high school.

A survey conducted by National Institutes of Health involving over 41,000 students also discovered that between 4 and 7% of teens who used e-cigs had never tried the cigarette sticks.

“I worry that the tremendous progress that we’ve made over the last almost two decades in smoking could be reversed on us by the introduction of e-cigarettes,” said survey leader Lloyd Johnston, a University of Michigan professor, to the AP.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 4.5% of high schoolers in 2013 had used e-cigs in the previous month. This number is three times higher compared to that of 2011.

AP reported that while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended a ban on e-cigarette sales to minors, there is no timetable for when that might be enforced, according to a report by the AP.

Looking at drug use, the survey likewise found that marijuana use seemed to level off following recent increases. Marijuana use in the previous month was reported by 6.5% of those in grade 8, 17% of those in grade 10, and 21% of those in grade 12. Al… MORE

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