Washington County teen e-cigarette user higher than national average – St. George Daily Spectrum

Students in Washington County are vaping at a higher rate than their counterparts across the nation.(Photo: Michelle Pemberton/Indy Star)

Results from a recent survey show that Washington County 12th graders use electronic cigarettes at rates higher than the national average. 

The  finding was part of the 2017 Utah Prevention Needs Assessment, which was administered to 2,163 Washington County students in grades six, eight, 10, and 12. Compared to national teen rates of e-cigarette use, local high school seniors “vape,” or use e-cigarettes, at rates slightly higher than the national average. The PNA survey also showed a 350% increase in teens using these products since 2013, with about 37% of 12th graders reporting using e-cigarettes at least once.

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“It’s very rare for Utah youth to use any drug at rates close to the national average,” says Kye Nordfelt, director of the Health Promotion division at the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. “We are traditionally well below national drug use rates in every category, so this makes e-cigarettes the most commonly

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