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In 2015 Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 433, which amended the state’s Tobacco Act to address e-cigarette use and barred the sell of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.

Despite those efforts, the use of e-cigarettes by minors in Carlsbad rose last year, according data from a recent survey.

More than 10 percent of middle school students in Carlsbad reported e-cigarette use in a 30-day period this school year, according to the Strategies for Success survey conducted by the Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition.

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The survey, completed in October 2017, also showed that 51.6 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes during the same period— an increase from 44 percent in the 2016-17 school year.

More than 2,000 secondary school students completed the annual survey that addresses drug and alcohol use.

“It tells us children are looking at different ways to use tobacco,” said David Morgan, spokesman with the New Mexico Department of Health.

According to the survey, e-cigarette use among middle school and high school students is higher than alcohol, marijuana, painkillers, un-prescribed stimulants and cigarettes.

Use of e-cigarettes by minors is trending across the nation. In the United States, more than 2 million students used e-cigarettes in 2016, per the U.S. Federal and Drug Administration.

Joana Wells, executive director of the Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition said the coalition

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