USA Today (6/9, Painter) reports trying e-cigarettes may be a new rite of passage for teens, according to a recent survey conducted by the CDC. Data show nearly 50 percent of the 15,000 high school students in the survey had tried vaping, but just one-third had smoked a tobacco cigarette. On a positive note, the percentage of those who said they had taken “even one puff of a tobacco cigarette dropped from 70% in the early 1990s to 41% in 2013 and 32% in 2015.”
The AP (6/9, Stobbe) reports the survey also revealed that sexual activity among teens decreased. Data show “41 percent of high school kids said they had ever had sex, down from around 47 percent over much of the last decade.” In addition, the survey “found marked declines last year in the proportion of students who said had sex recently, had sex before they were 13, and had four or more partners.”
— “More teens now try vaping than smoking,” Kim Painter, , June 9, 2016.