CDC says fewer teens smoke, more using e-cigs, hookahs

CDC says fewer teens smoke, more using e-cigs, hookahs

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(CNN) Here's a good news/bad news release from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: fewer U.S. teens are lighting up but more are using electronic cigarettes.

In a report released Thursday, the CDC said overall tobacco use among middle and high school students was down a percentage point from 2011. The CDC says that's because fewer teens are smoking cigarettes. However, the survey shows a notable increase in 6th through 12th graders who are using hookahs and e-cigarettes.

In 2012, 5.4% said they used hookah at least once a month. In 2011, 4.1% admitted to it. 2.8% of teens said they've tried e-cigarettes in 2012 while 1.5% said they tried it in 2011.

The CDC says the lower prices for these products along with increased marketing, availability, and the perception that they are safer than cigarettes has led to the increase.

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