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E-Cigarette Use Now Tops Regular Cigarettes for Young People

PHOTO: Young people in North Dakota and across the U.S. are using e-cigarettes now more than all other forms of tobacco, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo credit: Lindsay Fox/Flickr.ecigarettereviewed.com
PHOTO: Young people in North Dakota and across the U.S. are using e-cigarettes now more than all other forms of tobacco, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo credit: Lindsay Fox/Flickr.
ecigarettereviewed.com
April 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. - E-cigarette use among young people in North Dakota and across the U.S. is topping regular cigarettes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, for the first time in the history of its National Youth Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette use is higher than all other forms of tobacco, including cigarettes.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says the increased popularity of the product is working against other progress made in the fight against cigarette smoking.

"The big picture here is we're seeing a striking increase," he says. "It's very concerning. It more than counterbalances the decrease in cigarette smoking, which we've seen occurring over the last few years."

The CDC estimates there were 2.4 million youth users of e-cigarettes last year, and an estimated 1.6 million young people who used hookahs – large pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco. The agency says those numbers have tripled since 2011.

Brian King, deputy director for research translation in the CDC Office on Smoking and Health, says the many flavors offered with e-cigarettes and hookah tobacco make them interesting options to young people.

"Hookah, like e-cigarettes, are not regulated, although they have proposed to be regulated," says King. "They're still available in flavors, particularly kid-friendly flavors that can increase appeal and access."

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND