US teenagers are increasingly using flavored e-cigarette products, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds.
In 2018, 3.15 million middle schoolers and high schoolers reported using flavored tobacco products over the last 30 days.
Of that number, 65.2 percent used flavored e-cigarettes, up at least a 15 percent from the teens that reported vaping in 2015.
Health experts have criticized the vaping industry - and particularly brands such as JUUL- for marketing flavors such as mango and mint to teens, increasing the odds they'll wind up addicted to nicotine.
The report, which was released on Thursday, comes as a vaping epidemic has swept the nation, sickening 805 and leaving at least 17 dead.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that teen use of flavored e-cigarettes increased from 39.2% in 2015 to 55.1 % in 2018 (file image)
For the report, the CDC looked at data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey between 2014 and 2018.
Researchers found a decrease in overall use of flavored tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco, hookahs, and menthol cigarettes.
In 2018, about 3.15 million middle and high school students said they had used at least one flavored product compared to 3.26 million in 2014.
Use of just about every single other flavored tobacco product decreased, particularly among high school students, except flavored e-cigs.
Among high school students, use of flavored