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UCLA Report Examines Demographics Of Young Vapers

In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago.
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In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago.
UCLA Report Examines Demographics Of Young Vapers
A new study offers a look at the demographics of California teenagers who use e-cigarettes.

A growing number of American teenagers are using e-cigarettes. A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research offers a close look at the demographics of California teens who vape.

The study, which is based on data from a statewide survey, reveals e-cigarette use is more common among teens of higher-income families, where English is the only language spoken in the home.

Debra Kelley, with the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, says traditionally, lower-achieving teens from poorer families have been more likely to use tobacco.

“So with e-cigarettes we’ve kind of flipped that," she said. "And so now we’re looking at kids in upper and middle-income levels, who do well in school, and they see this a low-risk product.”

Researchers say e-cigarettes emit vapor that contains a number of toxins, including formaldehyde. The long-term health risks of e-cigarettes are not yet known.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13.4 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2014, compared to 4.5 percent in 2013.