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Survey shows higher-than-expected use of e-cigarettes among Conn. youth

December 10, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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A study examining Connecticut adolescents' use of electronic cigarettes includes the troubling detail that some youths who have never smoked cigarettes are trying e-cigs.

The survey, conducted in four Connecticut high schools and two middle schools, found that one in four high school students and 3.5% of middle school students have tried an e-cigarette. In the surveyed group that had not used e-cigarettes, 26% of these youths said they might try them in the future.

The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Center for Tobacco Products, was published Dec. 9 in Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

“We were surprised so many kids were using these products,” said study lead author Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, associate professor of psychiatry at Yale University. “The other thing which both surprised and worried me is that adolescents who have never smoked cigarettes are initiating use of e-cigarettes.”