CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– Just this year, the Centers for Disease Control reported e-cigarette use by middle and high school aged students has tripled.
Some teens in Chicopee told 22News they’ve noticed the increase of people their own age using electronic cigarettes.
“I would definitely say so. When I first went into high school cigarettes were the big thing, and now people don’t really smoke cigarettes anymore a lot of them have e-cigarettes,” Alex Lapierre of Chicopee, said.
Now, the latest research shows a growing number of teens are using e-cigarettes to use marijuana.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that look like regular cigarettes, but instead of users inhaling smoke, they inhale a vapor from liquid nicotine.
New research done by Yale University surveyed nearly 4,000 teens. Of those surveyed, one third said they had tried e-cigarettes in their traditional use, to inhale nicotine. But nearly 20 percent of the teens surveyed had used the device to inhale hash oil. Has oil is a thick yellow substance extracted from marijuana plants.
Within the last six months, both state and federal lawmakers have made proposals to both regulate selling e-cigarettes to minors and to place health warning labels on packaging for the devices.