Vaping, more common than smoking among teens, comes under scrutiny – The Patriot Ledger

As e-cigarettes become increasingly popular among young people, they are beginning to come under heightened scrutiny.

Gerry Tuoti Wicked Local Newsbank Editor

As e-cigarettes become increasingly popular among young people, they are beginning to come under heightened scrutiny.

“A lot of kids don’t understand these are dangerous products and contain nicotine,” said Marc Hymovitz, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, vaping has become significantly more popular than smoking cigarettes among high school students. Using e-cigarettes is not called smoking — it is referred to as vaping — despite the similarities to traditional cigarettes. Unlike combustible cigarettes, however, vaping produces an aerosol vapor instead of a smoke.

Nearly 24 percent of Massachusetts high school students reported currently using e-cigarettes or vape pens, according to a 2015 Department of Public Health survey. More than 44 percent reported ever trying vaping.

Less than 16 percent of high school students statewide reported using tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

Just 2.7 percent of adults currently vape, and 14 percent had ever tried

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