Study: Children’s use of e-cigarettes increasing

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes.

A 2012 survey found 2 percent of middle and high school students said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, up from 1 percent in 2011.

More kids still smoke traditional cigarettes than the new electronic ones, and it’s not clear how dangerous e-cigarettes are. It’s also not clear how many are using them on a daily or weekly basis.

But health officials say the study released Thursday suggests many kids are now getting a first taste of nicotine through e-cigarettes and then moving on to regular cigarettes.

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CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

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