The Center for Disease Control recently reported that between 2017 and 2018, teenage tobacco use went up 38 percent nationally.
While that figure does include traditional cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, hookah and pipe tobacco, the CDC blames that jump on e-cigarettes and says the use of all other tobacco forms played little role.
E-cigarettes were initially an invention marketed to adult smokers to get them to quit, but in recent years have taken on a new attraction among teen and adolescent consumers.
In New York alone, the Department of Health says teen “vaping” double between 2014 and 2016. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth consumers.
The CDC says these new statistics are a big setback because the number of teen smokers had previously been declining.