According to CBS, teenage use of electronic cigarettes has tripled in the last year in the U.S. It is a trend that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “alarming.” E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product among teens, states the CDC.
The CDC report found in 2014, 2.5 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes.
High school students show the most dramatic change. From 2011 to 2014, e-cigarette use leaped from 1.5 percent to 13.4 percent, while cigarette use declined from 16 to 9 percent, states CBS News.
“The news that cigarette smoking is at an all-time low is colored by the fact that we have seen the greatest explosion in the use of e-cigarettes that one could imagine,” said Matthew Myers, with executive director of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.