The new study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics claims that 1 in 10 teens smoke or at least tried e-cigarettes, a number that rose 8% in 2014.
Researchers surveyed more than 10,000 teens across the country and found that 22% of teens used cigarettes and about 10% used e-cigarettes.
Jody Murray with the Great Falls Public School district and the CARE program said that the increase is largely due to student's who believe e-cigarettes are a safer option.
“What we see is that kids are using them think they are safer and they are bringing them to school. And we do have a policy that they are not allowed on school grounds and if caught they are having to take the tobacco group education class with me,” Murray said.
Murray also said that the Office of Public Instruction sent out training kits across the state for educators to learn about this relatively new product and how to identify and understand it.
Montana is 1 of 8 states that don't have regulations on e-cigarettes however that could change with Senate Bill 66, which would require consumers to be 18 years of age to purchase e-cigarette products. That bill passed in both the house and senate and is currently on its way to governor Bullock's desk.