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Nearly 2.5 Million Youth Using E-cigarettes

Friday, April 17, 2015  
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration released new data that shows approximately 2.5 million youth currently use e-cigarettes.  The data, which was recently released in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), examined data from CDC’s National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that current e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014, rising from approximately 660,000 to 2 million students. Among middle school students, e-cigarette use increased from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014—an increase from approximately 120,000 to 450,000 students.

The report concludes preventing and reducing youth tobacco use is attainable through regulation of the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products, as well as the execution of approaches recommended in the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, such as funding state tobacco control programs in accordance with CDC’s evidence-based recommendations, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.

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