- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A new state survey says that Hawaii’s youth are using electronic cigarettes more than their peers on the mainland.

Local teens are using fewer traditional tobacco products. But hookah pipes, e-cigarettes and hand-rolled cigarettes are growing in popularity.

The state Department of Heath reported the results of the Hawaii Youth Tobacco Survey Wednesday.

In Hawaii, about 6 percent of middle school students and 10 percent of high school students were puffing on electronic cigarettes. That’s more than twice the national average. Across the nation, 1 percent of middle school students and 5 percent of high school students used e-cigs.

The survey also found that youngsters are hearing fewer messages about the dangers of cigarettes on TV, the Internet and radio. But they’re getting ads and coupons directly from tobacco companies.

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