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Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

3 years 6 months 15 hours ago Thursday, April 16 2015 Apr 16, 2015 April 16, 2015 11:48 AM April 16, 2015 in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW YORK - A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

Teen use of e-cigarettes tripled in one year - to more than 13 percent. About 9 percent of high schools students said they had tried hookahs.

But smoking of traditional cigarettes plummeted to about 9 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Thursday. It's based on a national survey of about 22,000 students at middle schools and high schools, both public and private.

A government-funded study released in December found similar trends.

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