PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Electronic cigarette use among teens is rising rapidly.
A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 11 percent of teenagers now smoke e-cigarettes.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Investigating 2 Separate Fatal Hit-And-Runs: 'It Can Get Pretty Chaotic Around Here'
That’s up from eight percent in 2012.READ MORE: Temple University Students, Faculty Have Mixed Feelings About Returning To In-Person Learning
That’s why New York Senator Charles Schumer is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban e-cig marketing campaigns that target children.
“E-cigarette companies are stepping over the line by marketing these products to kids and getting them hooked on smoking, and they’re hoping that the federal government…turns a blind eye to what’s happening,” Schumer says.MORE NEWS: Teenage Boy Shot 7 Times In West Philadelphia, Police Say
A study in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics found that middle and high school students who smoke e-cigarettes are seven times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes.