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CDC study shows rates of high school, middle school students using e-cigs double

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Despite a recently passed law that makes it illegal to sell E-Cigarettes to Hoosier minors, it's a growing trend.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of U.S. middle school and high school students using E-Cigs more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

According to the CDC , the use of E-Cigs can increase the chance a teen will start smoking conventional cigarettes.

The CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute- a non-profit that promotes the healthy development of kids- was in town Thursday spreading awareness about the issue.

He says parents and educators need to be aware of this trend. 

"Of these 10 percent of teenagers who are using E-Cigarettes, 75 percent are then using regular cigarettes and moving on to the regular tobacco. Even if the E-Cigarette industry is correct, in that their product is safer than regular cigarettes, and again, the FDA says that has not yet been proven, we do see then that kids are using regular cigarettes as well," says CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz.

Indiana has the 11th worst rate of teens who have started smoking in the past year- that's 7 percent.

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