Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed
New York — A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.
Teen use of e-cigarettes tripled in one year — to more than 13 percent. About 9 percent of high schools students said they had tried hookahs.
But smoking of traditional cigarettes plummeted to about 9 percent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Thursday. It’s based on a national survey of about 22,000 students at middle schools and high schools, both public and private.
A government-funded study released in December found similar trends.
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