CDC Survey Says Teen E-Cigarette Use Doubled

CDC Survey Says Teen E-Cigarette Use Doubled


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BY CHRISTIAN BRYANT
A new survey from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention says more young people
are using electronic cigarettes, reporting
numbers doubled between 2011 and 2012.
The National Youth Tobacco Survey released
by the CDC Thursday found high school students
who reported using e-cigarettes rose from
4.7 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2012.
Use also double among middle school students.
E-cigarettes operate using battery power to
heat nicotine and deliver vapor to the user
instead of smoke. (Via blu eCigs)
Although e-cigarettes are marketed as a safer
alternative to conventional cigarettes, the
CDC survey found nearly 80 percent of high
school and middle school students who reported
using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days also
smoked conventional cigarettes. (Via The New
York Times)
CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says the findings
are cause for concern because, “it strongly
suggests that middle schoolers are starting
off with e-cigarettes and then progressing
to conventional cigarettes.” (Via CBS)
Frieden added the minds of young people are
susceptible to nicotine, and at this rate,
a growing number of them could develop nicotine
addictions.
E-cigarette makers say they don’t market to
kids. NPR reports Altria — the parent-company
for Philip Morris, the nation’s largest tobacco
company — responded to the findings in a
statement saying, “We do not want kids to
use e-cigarettes or any other tobacco product.”
According to CNBC, it’s not just teens who
are increasingly using e-cigarettes. One analyst
predicts sales will reach nearly $1.7 billion
by the end of this year, as more smokers switch
to the supposedly less-unhealthy devices.
The FDA doesn’t regulate the cigarette alternatives
and doesn’t know the long-term effects, but
according to USA Today, the government agency
is expected to announce its plan to regulate
e-cigarettes as early as October.

12 thoughts on “CDC Survey Says Teen E-Cigarette Use Doubled

  • Well no shit I mean you get in less trouble and I think that nicotine free ones should be like novelty items and have no age limit

  • oh just another hit from the tobacco companies. Yeah, they will announce every bullshit they like just to make e-cigs less safe etc. THEY FUCKING CRY that ecigs MAKE young people smoke normal ciggarettes?! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS, It sounds like they are trying to blame e-cigs that normal ones are bad. just look at that bulshit propaganda.

  • These teens didnt pop out of thin air, they have parents right. Obesity = mcdonalds , anger = COD, smoking = companies, ADHD = TV. It is like parents dont exist at all.

  • People should know that cigaret is bad smoking can't make you cool cigarets are like a gun but gives you cancer i think that they should get all of the tobacco and burn it down so no more deaths happen.

  • "supposedly less unhealthy…" BS on this! E-cigs ARE safer! Little to NO carcinogens as compared to regular cigarettes. Known nitrosamines/carcinogens besides burned chemicals in analog cigs – occur in cured meats, cheese, and many foods – aka: nitrates. Journal of Chromatography report in 2013 that nitrosamines in e-cigs found in harmless levels similar to pharmaceutical nocorette gum. Otherwise no significant carcinogens.

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