The popularity of e-cigarettes has slowed the decline in teenage smoking, according to a new study. E-cigarettes are recruiting at least some youth who likely would never have smoked normal cigarettes.
The study found that the number of 12th-graders in southern California who reported smoking in the past 30 days dropped from 19 percent in 1995 to about 9 percent in 2004. It has then leveled off to just below 8 percent in 2014.
The total prevalence of e-cigarette and cigarette use in 2014 was higher than in 2004, before e-cigarettes were available, and equally high as the rate of smoking in 2001. Further research is required to understand the appeal of e-cigarettes to teens.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.