Sep 23, 2015 7:18 PM

Changing Families: Nashua survey shows increase use of vapor cigarettes among middle-schoolers

NASHUA - A new survey shows middle school kids are using vapor cigarettes more than school officials ever expected. The survey also shows that more middle-schoolers are depressed.

Results of the survey from the non-profit group Nashua Prevention Coalition showed 16.4 percent of eighth-graders, and 6.1 percent of seventh-graders admitted to using a vapor cigarette within the past 30 days of the survey.

The next most frequent drug used was alcohol, with 10.5 percent of eighth-graders reporting having a drink within the past 30 days.

Signs of worry and depression among middle schoolers were evident as well, with 30 percent of eighth-graders reporting they have felt "sad or hopeless for more than two weeks in a row."

The director of the coalition says it's important to take these results and share the information with PTO groups, parents and schools so the problems get addressed.


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