SALT LAKE CITY - E-cigarette use among young people in Utah 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.
"Big picture here is, we're seeing a striking increase," says Frieden. "It's very concerning. It more than counterbalances the decrease in cigarette smoking, which we've seen occurring in the last few years. "
The CDC estimates that last year there were 2.4 million e-cigarette youth users and an estimated 1.6 million youth who used hookahs, the large pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco. Those numbers tripled since 2011.
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