More teens using e-cigs and hookahs (Health Day, Mary Elizabeth Dallas)
The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that while smoking cigarettes has decreased, the use of hookah and e-cigarettes has increased in children and teens. This survey, analyzed by Federal Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals just how dramatically e-cigarettes and hookah usage has increased in these demographics. According to Benjamin Apelberg, the branch chief of epidemiology at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, “the study confirms for us is that the tobacco product landscape has changed dramatically. Middle and high school kids are using novel products like e-cigarettes and hookahs in unprecedented numbers, and many are using more than one kind of tobacco product”. According to the article, “[n]icotine in any form is dangerous and highly addictive for all children — regardless of their age. That includes e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigarettes or cigars, the researchers cautioned.” The article includes some of the statistics the researchers found. For example, smoking cigarettes has gone down from 2011 to 2014, but hookah among teens has doubled over the same period of time.
For more statistics, read the full article.