Study shows increase in e-cigarette use in children

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Study shows increase in e-cigarette use in children

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM CDT

Health officials say the number of children trying electronic cigarettes is on the rise.

According to a 2012 survey published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

The findings from the National Youth Tobacco survey show the percentage of high school students who reported ever using an e-cigarette rose from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2012.

Overall, in 2012 more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide had tried e-cigarettes.

The study also found that 76.3 percent of students who used e-cigarettes within 30 days also smoked conventional cigarettes in the same time period.

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