OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — For years, kids have been warned of the dangers of cigarettes, and for the past two decades teen smoking has declined.
Now, there's a new way to get the nicotine without lighting up.
A new study shows the largest recorded increase for any substance in more than 40 years happened from 2017 to 2018.
"What we know is that it is not good for the developing brain," said Julie Bisbee, the interim executive director of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
According to a University of Michigan Study, the percentage of 12th graders who have vaped nicotine in the past thirty days nearly doubled, from 11 percent in 2017 to 21 percent in 2018.
Vaping increased in grades eight through 12, adding at least 1.3 million new kids vaping nicotine.
Julie Bisbee with TSET says flavored vapor is marketed towards kids and thinks that's one of the reasons behind the increase.
Bisbee says more than half of the teens who vape, started without knowing it contained nicotine.
She recommends having a talk with your kids about why vaping is dangerous.
"Letting kids know that nicotine is not for the developing brain, it is highly addictive," Bisbee said. "Most people can think of someone in their life they know who was battling a nicotine addiction for a very long time.
With vaping being much more discreet than smoking, kids are getting away with it in school.
"We've heard anecdotes of fifth graders bringing devices to school," Bisbee said.
The study also shows that overall use of drugs like cocaine or marijuana by teens did not change much, and cigarette smoking has been on the decline.
A bill was introduced to the Oklahoma State Senate last week that would ban vaping from schools.