E-Cig Use Among Youth a Growing Concern
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) – In 2013, 263,000 youth who had never smoked a cigarette used an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The data, from the National Youth Tobacco survey of middle and high school students, also showed that youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes but who used e-cigarettes were twice as likely to smoke conventional cigarettes as those who had never used e-cigarettes.
In Arkansas, 24.9 percent of youth in grades nine through 12 currently use tobacco. This ranks Arkansas at 40th in the youth smoking rate, when compared to other states.
“We are very concerned about nicotine addiction among youth in Arkansas. Additionally, we do not think youth understand that the risks associated with using an e-cigarette are similar to those of a conventional cigarette” said Gary Wheeler, M.D., Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.