(KTVI) - Fewer U.S. high school students smoked cigarettes last year. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, more are using e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars, and pipes.
SLU-Care Pediatrician Dr. Matthew Broom discussed this growing trend.
Data shows that the percentage of high schoolers who have tried e-cigarettes has doubled between 2011 and 2012.
In addition to e-cigarettes, many teens are also buying small hookahs that dispense flavored tobacco.
Hookahs are generally available at the same convenience stores, gas stations and head shops that sell e-cigarettes.
In addition to hookah and e-cigarettes, cigar use is also on the rise.
Researchers say, cigar use has increased from 11.6% to 12.6% among high schoolers in one year.
According to the CDC, nearly 90% of adult smokers in the U.S. began smoking by the time they were 18.
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S.
For more information on Dr. Broom, visit: http://pediatrics.slu.edu/index.php?page=Matthew-Broom-md