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HHS HealthBeat (March 27, 2014)

Teens and e-cigarettes

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates more teens are trying e-cigarettes, and using them as well as smoking regular cigarettes.  Researcher Lauren Dutra of the University of California, San Francisco saw this in national survey data of middle and high school students.

“In 2011, about 3 percent of teenagers said they had ever tried an e-cigarette, and by one year later, it was over 6 percent.”

Dutra says teens who used e-cigarettes and smoked tobacco cigarettes were less likely to have stopped smoking regular cigarettes – so e-cigarettes may not be a cigarette alternative, as they are sometimes advertised. 

The study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 27, 2014