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Teen smoking down; e-cigarette use on the rise

Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Cigarette smoking among high school students has lost its coolness factor, according to a survey released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

 

Teen smoking is at its lowest level since the CDC’s National Youth Risk Behavior Survey began in 1991. That’s great news, the CDC says. 

 

However, the use of electronic vapor products, or e-cigarettes, is up. E-cigarettes are electronic devices that vaporize a fluid that often includes nicotine and flavorings that mimic the taste of tobacco, menthol, fruit, desserts, coffee, soda and cocktails. 

 

“Although current cigarette use decreased significantly from 28 percent in 1991 to 11 percent in 2015, new data from the 2015 survey found that 24 percent of high school students reported using e-cigarettes during the past 30 days,” according to a press release from the CDC. 

 

With additional studies indicating that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes, it becomes increasingly important to help curb the habit, said Dr. Matthew A. Schmidt of Aurora BayCare Cardiology in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Schmidt was not an author on the CDC study. 

 

“If you’re smoking, you should stop if you want to live,” he said. “Smoking is responsible for an estimated 480,000 deaths per year. The sooner you stop smoking, the quicker you reduce your risk of heart disease and early death. Vaping can and does lead to smoking, so it’s not a safe alternative.”

 

 For information on smoking cessation, contact BayCare Clinic at 877-229-2273 or visit baycare.net.

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