13.4% of high school students and 3.9% of middle school students said they smoke e-cigarettes
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — E-cigarette use among middle school students rose from 1.1 percent to 3.9 percent from 2013 to 2014 and increased for high school students from 4.5 percent to 13.4 percent, says the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The survey, which included 22,000 students, asked respondents if they had smoked at least one e-cigarette in the last 30 days.
Overall, the number of high school students who said they smoke e-cigarettes increased from 2013 to 2014 from 666,000 to 2 million and for middle school students from 120,000 to 450,000.
E-cigarettes are now more popular among middle and high school students than traditional cigarettes, with 9.4 percent of respondents saying they smoke cigarettes, according to the report.
Hookah smoking also rose, from 5.2 percent to 9.4 percent for high school students and 1.1 percent to 2.5 percent for middle school students.
The 2012 Surgeon General’s Report found that about 90 percent of all smokers first tried cigarettes as teens and that about three of every four teen smokers continue into adulthood.