(WASHINGTONPOST) — A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows an alarming new trend among teens: using e-cigarettes -- marketed by the tobacco industry as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes -- to smoke marijuana.
In a survey conducted by Yale University researchers, nearly one in five Connecticut high school students who use e-cigarettes to vaporize nicotine also use them to vaporize cannabis. Powered by batteries, e-cigarettes turn on a heating element when you inhale that vaporizes liquid contained in small tubes in the device. They were designed to hold liquid nicotine but some teens are substituting hash oil; wax infused with THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, an active ingredient in pot; or dried cannabis leaves.
The use of e-cigarettes has been increasing rapidly among teens nationwide. In the Connecticut survey, which was conducted in the spring of 2014, 27.9 percent of high schoolers surveyed said they use e-cigarettes. Of those, 18.7 percent were "dual users," who also used the devices to vaporize marijuana.
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