Recent youth trends in the prevalence of e-cigarette and traditional cigarette use in Florida were examined in a cross-sectional, representative state sample from 2011 to 2014. Traditional cigarette use among youth declined during the study period. Experimentation with and past 30-day use of e-cigarettes among Florida youth tripled over 4 years. Past 30-day e-cigarette use exceeded traditional cigarette use in 2014; 10.8% of high school and 4.0% of middle school students reported recent e-cigarette use, compared with 8.7% of high school and 2.9% of middle school students for traditional cigarettes (P<0.001). By 2014, 20.5% of high school and 8.5% of middle school students reported ever use of e-cigarettes. Among ever e-cigarette users in 2014, 30.3% of high school and 42.2% of middle school students had never smoked traditional cigarettes. Given the concern that significant rates of e-cigarette use by U.S. adolescents may have a negative effect on public health, further review of e-cigarette advertising, marketing, sales, and use among U.S. youth is warranted
Electronic cigarette and traditional cigarette use among middle and high school students in Florida, 2011–2014
Porter, L., Duke, J., Hennon, M., Dekevich, D., Crankshaw, E., Homsi, G., & Farrelly, M. (2015). Electronic cigarette and traditional cigarette use among middle and high school students in Florida, 2011–2014. PLoS One, 10(5), e0124385. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0124385
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