Study: E-cigarette use triples among middle, high school students

Study: E-cigarette use triples among middle, high school students

The number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to government figures released Thursday, a startling increase that public health officials fear could reverse decades of efforts combating the scourge of smoking.

The popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers now eclipses that of traditional cigarettes, the use of which has fallen to the lowest level in years.

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the spike in ­e-cigarette use “shocking.”

“It’s a really bad thing, and it is subjecting another generation of our children to an addictive substance,” he said in an interview, adding that any type of nicotine exposure can harm the teenage brain and that some e-cigarette smokers undoubtedly will go on to use traditional cigarettes.

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