CDC Report: E-Cig Use Doubled In Teens From 2011 To 2012
The results of a survey of some 25,000 middle and high school students were announced today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The crux likely to be picked up by politicians, anti-smoking nuts, and news stations will undoubtedly be that use and trial among students from 2011 to 2012 roughly doubled.
In 2011, 4.7% of the high schools reported having ever used and electronic cigarette. In 2012, that same figure raised to 10%. Students that had used an electronic cigarette within the previous month from when taking the survey raised from 1.5% to 2.8% in the same time.
The same survey also found that of the students that had used electronic cigarettes within the previous month, about three-quarters had also smoked conventional cigarettes in the same time. The CDC also highlighted a small figure that 1 in 5 middle schoolers who had ever tried electronic cigarettes had not tried smoking.
This will inevitably lead to two major arguments against electronic cigarettes. The first being that there does appear to be a small amount of trial that skips use of conventional cigarettes. This will likely lead some individuals to argue that this is a clear cut reason to highly restrict access to e-cigs or ban them all together. Secondly, e-cig opponents will likely say that this proves e-cigs pose trial and use risk for children (but really, there’s nothing on the market for adults that kids won’t at least attempt to try).
This is an argument too complex and controversial to outline here and do any justice to it. You can find a little more on e-cig use among teens right here.