More kids are smoking electronic cigarettes than ever before, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports.
A study by the National Youth Tobacco Survey found that the number of middle and high school students who smoke e-cigarettes but have never smoked conventional cigarettes climbed from 79,000 in 2011 to more than 263,000 in 2013.
The study also found that youth who smoke e-cigarettes were almost twice as likely to have intentions of smoking conventional cigarettes compared to their peers who have never tried e-cigarettes.
“We are very concerned about nicotine use among our youth, regardless of whether it comes from conventional cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products,” Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, said in a news release.
“Not only is nicotine highly addictive, it can harm adolescent brain development,” he said.