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Nov 15, 2013

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Fewer U.S. teens are smoking cigarettes, but more are getting a nicotine fix from hookahs and electronic cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports today.

Overall tobacco use among middle- and high school students last year — 6.7% and 23.3%, respectively — was about one percentage point lower than in 2011, mostly due to a decline in teens smoking cigarettes, according to CDC’s analysis of the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Yet the survey, which queried sixth- through 12th-graders, found a notable increase in those who’ve used hookahs, also known as waterpipes, and e-cigarettes — both of which aren’t federally regulated and taxed as are cigarettes. Last year, about 5.4% of high school students said they used hookahs at least once a month, up from 4.1% in 2011, and 2.8% tried e-cigarettes, up from 1.5%.

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