The good news is that the rates for adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. The bad news is that e-cigarette use in middle and high school students has tripled. Many people, especially teens, think that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. E-cigarettes are just another way of absorbing nicotine—which is a highly addictive drug—into your body. To learn more, read this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
Fortunately, the rates of adolescents smoking tobacco have dipped slightly. But unfortunately, e-cigarette use (vaping) in middle and high school students tripled in 2014, reports Dr. Mason Gomberg, a pediatrician with Westchester Health Pediatrics, in his latest blog. This very alarming trend marks the first time that e-cigarette use surpassed traditional cigarettes.