Study: E-cigarette use more than doubles in 2 years among CT high schoolers

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New information was released on Thursday regarding the popularity of vaping in Connecticut.

The State Department of Public Health is releasing the results from the Youth Tobacco Survey.

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Data from 2017 shows that 14.7 percent of high school students said they use e-cigarettes.

That is compared to 7.2 percent in 2015.

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The survey also found that one in 10 ninth graders and more than one in five 12th graders currently vape. 

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal issued the following statement Thursday regarding the new findings on e-cigarettes:

“Skyrocketing rates of teen vaping in Connecticut must serve as a nationwide call to action. These numbers are no accident-they represent a coordinated, concerted campaign on behalf of Juul and other e-cigarette manufacturers to repackage and rebrand nicotine for a youth market. This is Joe Camel all over again, and we cannot sit by the sidelines and watch as our children are lured into a lifetime of addiction. The time is now for real action, not rhetoric or reliance on industry promises-including an immediate ban on all flavored e-cigarettes. FDA must fulfill its commitment to safeguard public health and use its full authority under the Tobacco Control Act to prioritize public safety over corporate profit.” 

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