(CBC) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the U.S. government's annual drug use survey finds.
Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, the use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey's first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.
Nearly 9 per cent of eighth-graders said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 per cent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report being released Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health.
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Use increased with age: Some 16 per cent of 10th-graders had tried an e-cigarette in the past month, and 17 per cent of high school seniors. Regular smoking continued inching down, to 7 per cent of 10th-graders and 14 per cent of 12th-graders.