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Parents beware: More teens smoke e-cigarettes than regular ones

Parents beware: More teens smoke e-cigarettes than regular ones
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A recent survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that teen cigarette use is on the decline. That's great news. But, the numbers also show that teens are using e-cigarettes more than ever before, a concerning trend since we don't know much about the long-term effects of the new electronic cigarettes.

More teens are now using e-cigarettes than are smoking conventional cigarettes, with 17 percent of high school seniors reporting that they’d vaped in the last 30 days, compared with 13 percent who reported smoking.

Overall, the survey is encouraging because it shows that just 6.7% of teens now smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. Teens are also abusing pills and alcohol less these days. As a mother, I find those numbers very uplifting. Still, the e-cigarette trend worries me.

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