More teens smoking e-cigarettes
The good news: Teenagers are turning away from traditional cigarettes. The not-so-good news: A growing number are taking up e-cigarettes instead. In fact, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that e-cigarette use has tripled among high school students in the past few years.
Overall, tobacco use by high school students dropped from 24.3 percent in 2011 to 22.9 percent in 2013. Furthermore, 12.7 percent of students said they had smoked a traditional cigarette in 2013 compared to 15.8 percent in 2011.
However, e-cigarettes seem to be getting more popular. The percentage of students smoking e-cigarettes tripled from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 4.5 percent in 2013.
Battery-powered e-cigarettes turn liquid nicotine to vapor instead of the smoke created by traditional cigarettes. The devices are not regulated by the federal government, although th Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules last spring that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. More than 35 states have barred such sales.
It’s still unclear if there are long-term negative effects from using e-cigarettes.