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Blog: Study Shows Increasing Use of E-cigarettes by Youth

The Cassia County Sheriff's Office confiscated this e-cigarette paraphernalia from students at Burley High School.

BURLEY - According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the use of electronic cigarettes has increased among both U.S. adults and youth in recent years.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives to the user in an aerosol, with out telltale smoke. Some-cigarette cartridges contain nicotine and other components that produce aerosol and flavorings like candy, fruit and beer.

Data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which is a school-based, pencil and paper questionnaire given to U.S. students from grades 6-12, was used to estimate the prevalence of student who admitted to ever using or current use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes.

All students grades 6-12

  • The percentage of students who ever used an e-cigarette increased from 3.3% to 6.8%
  • Students currently using e-cigarettes increased from 1.1%t to 2.1%.
  • In 2012 9.3 percent of students who admitted to “ever” smoking an e-cigarette reported they had never smoked conventional cigarettes.
  • Among current e-cigarette smokers, 76.3 % reported smoking conventional cigarettes

Data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey

Read the full story on electronic cigarette use in MagicValley high schools in the Nov. 3 edition of the Times-News or online at

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