GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- They may be banned where smoking is prohibited, but that isn't stopping teenagers from smoking e-cigarettes. Researchers at U.F. say e-cigarette use is on the rise among adolescents in Florida.
In 2014 Florida law makers banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But according to researchers, and parents, e-cigs are becoming more popular.
The study was done in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health. Researchers say between 2012 and 2013, the number of Florida teens using e-cigs went up from 8% to 12%. Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Community Health in the U.F. College of Public Health Tracey Barnett says a state ban of e-cigs in 2014 just slowed down the number of sales.
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