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Healthline: Many More Teens Are Vaping E-Cigs Than Smoking Regular Cigarettes

By Bob Curley


More high school and middle school students in the United States vape e-cigarettes than smoke regular cigarettes.

And it’s not even close.

A study reveals that 21 percent of U.S. students used e-cigarettes in the month before they were questioned, while only 8 percent of students said they smoked cigarettes.

The study also reported that fewer adolescents are current tobacco smokers, and those who do smoke do so less intensely and less frequently.

However, the report stated that more students are using e-cigarettes, and a significant percentage of youth both smoke and vape.

“Reversing this trend needs to deal with the reason they started smoking in the first place, which I suspect is vaping,” Alvin V. Singh, MD, pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, told Healthline. “Most studies report that vaping increases teens’ odds of smoking by three to four times.”

Overall, an estimated 1.2 million high school students smoked in 2018.


Read the full story via Healthline

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