Home Health Parents News Now Number of Teens Trying E-Cigarettes Doubled in the Past Year Number of Teens Trying E-Cigarettes Doubled in the Past Year By Holly Lebowitz Rossi November 17, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_95854666 30638 This bad news, reported Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, puts even more pressure on the government to strictly regulate e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco as stringently as they regulate cigarettes.... ....Unfortunately, e-cigarettes are cheaper, easier to access, and marketed more heavily to young people than traditional cigarettes, which fuels the teen vaping trend according to the CDC's senior scientific adviser Brian King. New rules are expected to be issued within the next few months by the US Food and Drug Administration, but no one knows how tough they will be. About 90 percent of adult smokers become addicted to tobacco by the time they finish high school, so public health experts believe efforts to keep teens from lighting up could be the ultimate solution to solving the nation's smoking problem once and for all. The CDC report was based on a 2012 survey of nearly 25,000 middle and high school students in the United States and found that e-cigarette use increased among middle school students from 0.6 percent in 2011 to 1.1 percent in 2012. The percentage of high school students smoking e-cigarettes increased in one year from 1.5 percent to 2.8 percent, and those smoking hookahs increased to 5.4 percent from 4.1 percent. "These percentages may seen low, but they account for nearly 2 million students," King said, many of whom mistakenly believe that e-cigarettes are harmless and that hookah use is safer than cigarettes. King stressed that the tobacco burned and inhaled from hookahs may deliver even more harmful carcinogens, and e-cigarettes are like the "wild, wild west" with no one knowing exactly what they contain. Image: Electronic cigarettes, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Number of Teens Trying E-Cigarettes Doubled in the Past Year Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.