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Study: Hookah, E-Cigarette Smoking On The Rise With Teens

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File photo of hookahs. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)

File photo of hookahs. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta announced recently that use of hookahs and e-cigarettes is on the rise in teenagers throughout the United States.

The National Youth Tobacco Survey of 2012 indicated that use of electronic cigarettes rose from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012 in middle school students alone. In high school students, a 1.3 percent rise in e-cigarette use was seen.

Hookah use in high school students rose from 4.1 percent to 5.4 percent in the same time frame, CDC researchers also observed.

In addition to the spike observed by CDC researchers in hookah and e-cigarette use, there has been no decline in use of tobacco products in the same age group, Nature World News is reporting.

“This report raises a red flag about newer tobacco products,” Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC, was quoted as saying. “Cigars and hookah tobacco are smoked tobacco – addictive and deadly.”

He added to Nature World News, “We need effective action to protect our kids from addiction to nicotine.”

Those involved in the study – including Dr. Tim McAfee, who serves as director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC – noted that many people, including teenagers, think e-cigarettes and hookahs are safer alternatives to tobacco products.

Noted McAfee, “A large portion of kids who use tobacco are smoking products other than cigarettes, including cigars and hookahs, which are similarly dangerous.”

The report was said to have been published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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