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E-cigarette use linked to higher smoking odds

Published on Mar 7, 2014 1:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - E-cigarette use among US youths doubled in just one year, and those who tried the unregulated devices were more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes as well, a study said Thursday.

Commonly sold at convenience stores and gas stations, e-cigarettes are battery powered gadgets that deliver nicotine through a vapor that may be fruit or candy-flavored.

Just over three per cent of US adolescents had ever tried an e-cigarette in 2011, and that more than doubled to 6.5 per cent in 2012, said the research in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association.

Similarly, 1.1 per cent of middle and high school students said they currently used e-cigarettes in 2011, a figure that rose to two per cent in 2012.

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