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BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — The data is clear; e-cigarette use among teenagers has never been higher. In fact, more teens now use e-cigarettes than conventional tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the latest “Risk Behavior Survey” from the Rhode Island Department of Health found nearly one out of five high schoolers used e-cigarettes in 2015.

A new law went into effect in Rhode Island this month to address the e-cigarette, or “vaping” craze. As of Jan. 1, e-cigarette smoking is banned on school grounds in the state. But students we spoke say that hasn’t stopped their classmates.

“They like, leave class and go to the bathroom and do it there,” said Makayla Soares, a sophomore at Mount Hope High School in Bristol. “Or they’ll just pull it out in class and vape.”

Soares said the vaping devices are often small and easy to hide.

“There are little ones that are [tiny], you barely notice them,” she said. “There are some that look like little USB ports. They are really disguisable, so even in school and

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