US study: Children's use of electronic cigarettes up
ATLANTA (AP) - Children - like adults - are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large US study to gauge use by teenage students.
Health officials say the study suggests many kids are now getting a first taste of nicotine through e-cigarettes and moving on to regular tobacco products.
The devices began to appear in the United States in late 2006, but marketing has exploded in the last couple of years.
About 2 per cent of students said they'd used an e-cigarette in the previous month, according to the survey done last year. That was up from 1 per cent in 2011.