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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - More kids in Iowa are using electronic cigarettes than traditional ones. That's according to the annual Iowa Youth Survey from the Iowa Department of Public Health. This is the first year the survey asked kids about electronic cigarettes.

Of course, no parent wants their kid smoking or using drugs. Parents often sit down with their kids to talk to them about it -- but electronic cigarettes may not always be a part of the conversation even though kids have heard of them.

Though Wesley is only in the fourth grade, his parents have already talked to him about drugs and smoking.

"There's people that come to his school and talk to them about making good choices and so then he'll ask you know like what kinds of things are out there and so we have definitely talked about it," said Emily Logan, Wesley's mom.

Electronic cigarettes haven't been a part of that conversation -- though Wesley has heard about them.

"They're better than real cigarettes but they're still not good for you and you shouldn't smoke," said Wesley.

While kids are taught that, some are still trying out the electronic cigarettes which can come with flavored vapors.


In the 30 days before taking the survey, just 1% of 6th graders had smoked cigarettes, 3% of 8th graders, and 9% of high school juniors.

With e-cigs, that goes up to 3% of 6th graders, 4%  of 8th graders, and 11% of high school juniors.

Parents say e-cigs are just another example of how the world is changing, and it shows them they may need to broaden their conversations at home.

"I feel like as a teacher I get emails constantly like 'this is the new thing to watch out for' and even that hasn't said a lot about e-cigarettes so definitely not something we've thought about," said Emily.





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