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Study shows big rise in teen vaping this year

A steep rise in nicotine vaping over the past year, accompanied by widespread minimizing of its potential harm, dominated the findings of a closely watched annual survey of American teenagers, released Monday.

The vaping increase was so precipitous, researchers said, that it was the largest annual jump in the use of any substance, including marijuana, they had seen in the project’s 44-year history.

In all, the researchers found, the rise amounted to 1.3 million more high school vapers in 2018 than in 2017.

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The study, administered by University of Michigan researchers, asks nearly 45,000 students in eighth, 10th, and 12th grade about their behavior and attitudes around alcohol and a variety of drugs.

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More than 1 in 10 eighth-graders said they vaped nicotine in the past year.

New York Times