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Tobacco Use is Soaring Among US Kids, Driven By E-cigarettes

Monday February 11, 2019. 08:50 PM , from Slashdot
Public health officials Monday said there's a growing epidemic of tobacco products currently used by children -- 4.9 million high school and middle school kids used tobacco products in 2018 up from 3.6 million in 2017 -- mainly due to a growth in e-cigarette usage. From a report: For the fifth year in a row, e-cigs were the most popular product amongst high school students, but in 2018 it reached unprecedented epidemic levels, with the addition of another 1.5 million kids, said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'Current users' are defined as people who've used a tobacco product in past 30 days. 'Frequent users' are defined as people who've used the product for more than 20 out of the past 30 days.

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