September 5, 2013
Electronic Cigarette Use Has Doubled Among Middle School Students

The CDC just announced that the percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.
In case you’re not among the six percent of adults who’ve tried them, e-cigarettes work by heating up and aerosolizing nicotine so that one can inhale it without smoke. They’re not regulated by the FDA, and they’re fast becoming the new thing; this century’s chew. Whether that’s a scourge or boon is in the eyes of various beholders and stakeholders. The timbre of news today is decidedly scourge.
We expect that electronic cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, and early data confirms that, but there is not great long-term research or unanimous agreement. In theory, they should involve risks comparable to using a nicotine patch or gum; still invoking an addictive stimulant, but not involving inhalation of carcinogenic smoke. According to the report this afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,780,000 U.S. middle and high school students have tried them. The percentage of high school students who’ve tried e-cigarettes recently doubled from 4.7 to 10.0 percent, and students who said they’d used e-cigarettes within the past month increased from 1.5 to 2.8 percent. 
"The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," said Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director.
Read more. [Image: CDC]

Electronic Cigarette Use Has Doubled Among Middle School Students

The CDC just announced that the percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

In case you’re not among the six percent of adults who’ve tried them, e-cigarettes work by heating up and aerosolizing nicotine so that one can inhale it without smoke. They’re not regulated by the FDA, and they’re fast becoming the new thing; this century’s chew. Whether that’s a scourge or boon is in the eyes of various beholders and stakeholders. The timbre of news today is decidedly scourge.

We expect that electronic cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, and early data confirms that, but there is not great long-term research or unanimous agreement. In theory, they should involve risks comparable to using a nicotine patch or gum; still invoking an addictive stimulant, but not involving inhalation of carcinogenic smoke. According to the report this afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,780,000 U.S. middle and high school students have tried them. The percentage of high school students who’ve tried e-cigarettes recently doubled from 4.7 to 10.0 percent, and students who said they’d used e-cigarettes within the past month increased from 1.5 to 2.8 percent.

"The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling," said Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director.

Read more. [Image: CDC]

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    This cannot be good news …
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    I’m glad to know that the CDC is keeping an eye on this. I’ve noticed quite an abrupt change in the acceptance of these...
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    I haven’t tried…mainly, I’m asthmatic.
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    Greeeeaaaattt. They’ll be after those next because they taste good.