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Study: Electronic Cigarette Use Up 60 Percent Among Middle, High Schoolers

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - America’s cardiologists are growing increasingly worried about electronic cigarettes.

Saint Louis University Hospital Cardiology chief Dr. Michael Lim says he’s concerned by who is trying e-cigarettes after seeing the results of a new study.

“A 60 percent increase in U.S. middle school and high school students who have tried electronic cigarettes from 2012 to 2013, so this is an increasing trend at an alarming rate,” he says.

The problem with that, Lim says, is it appears e-cigarettes could be a gateway to traditional smoking.

44 percent of those young people who tried an e-cigarette say they expect to try a regular cigarette soon, compared to 25 percent who say that without trying an e-cigarette.

He says they should be used only as a last resort to help smokers kick the habit.

“If they utilize e-cigarettes as a way to wean themselves off of regular cigarettes and they have a short period of time in which they will allow themselves to do that, and then their second plan is to quit the e-cigarettes, that can work,” he says.

Lim agrees e-cigarettes need federal regulation, and these popular nicotine-vapor products should be kept away from youth.

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