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Teen use of e-cigarettes surges in North Dakota

February 19, 2018

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Surveys of North Dakota high school students shows the use of electronic cigarettes is surging among young people.

The North Dakota Department of Health’s Youth Tobacco Survey shows the number of teens using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days increased from 1.6 percent in 2011 to about 19 percent last year. The number of young people who’ve tried vaping increased from 4.5 percent in 2011 to about 39 percent in 2017.

The Minot Daily News says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 20.6 percent of North Dakota high school students use e-cigarettes.

State Tobacco Prevention and Control director Neil Charvat says kids who will never touch a regular cigarette will try vaping.

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