Teen use of e-cigarettes surges in North Dakota

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MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A survey of North Dakota high school students shows the use of electronic cigarettes is surging among young people.

The Youth Tobacco Survey shows the number of teens using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days increased from 1.6 percent in 2011 to about 19 percent last year.

The number of young people who've tried vaping increased from 4.5 percent in 2011 to about 39 percent in 2017.

The Minot Daily News says the Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 20.6 percent of North Dakota high school students use e-cigarettes.

The program director for Tobacco Prevention and Control with the state Health Department, Neil Charvat, says the number of youth that just try vaping is huge and increasing.

He says kids who will never touch a regular cigarette will try vaping.