Nearly one in three Texas high school students have tried electronic cigarettes

Posted at 1:17 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 14:17:52-05

A new study released by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows more teens are trying electronic cigarettes.

Considering the unknown health effects of vaping, it could have long-term, unknown effects for them and others across the state.

The state study was released earlier this week, providing numbers and trends for all ages. The number of children and adolescents using them was noticeably high.

Among the findings in the study include:

  • 32.5 percent of high school students, and 11.3 percent of middle school students have tried or used an e-cigarette.
  • The National Center for Disease Control reports that since 2011, the prevalence of using e-cigarettes among middle and high school students has more than tripled.
  • The American Lung Association has reported there are more than 7,700 flavors available for vapes and nearly 500 brands of e-cigarettes.

These e-cigarettes and vaping flavors contain nicotine, which provides the chance for potential addiction. And long-term exposure to nicotine can lead to increased heart rate, blood pressure and symptoms associated with diabetes.