E-cigarettes have been surging in popularity, and a new government study suggests this effect is trickling down to U.S. teens.
New findings from a national survey on youth tobacco use showed that the percentage of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes doubled from 2011 to 2012.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, which polls about 20,000 adolescents in grades six through 12 on their tobacco-related beliefs and attitudes, use habits and exposure to pro- and anti-tobacco influences.
They found e-cigarette use increased from 4.7 percent of surveyed high school students in 2011 to 10 percent by 2012, the last year data was collected.
E-cigarette use increased from 1.4 percent of middle school students in 2011 to 2.7 percent last year.
That worries health officials, because 90 percent of all smokers start when they're teenagers, according to hte CDC.
"The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, adding nicotine is a highly addictive drug. "Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes."
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