Nearly 2 million middle and high school students have smoked electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, raising serious concerns about the potential for harm to adolescent brain development.
Data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show that during 2011 to 2012, the percentage of students in grades 6 to 12 who ever had smoked e-cigarettes increased to 6.8% from 3.3%. The percentage who currently used them increased to 2.1% from 1.1%, and current use of both electronic and conventional cigarettes increased to 1.6% from 0.8%. Among students who ever had smoked an e-cigarette, 9.3% said they never had smoked conventional cigarettes; among the students currently using e-cigarettes, 76.3% said they currently smoked conventional cigarettes, too. In 2012, 2.7% of middle school students and 10% of high school students had ever tried e-cigarettes.
e-Cigarette Use Grows Among Youths. JAMA. 2013;310(17):1786. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280232