Here's Why 2014's Word of the Year is One You Need to Know

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Vape: (verb) to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

What is this word and what does it have to do with teens? Well, for 2014, Oxford Dictionaries chose "vape" as its Word of the Year. Explaining this decision, Oxford writes on their site:

As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become much more common, so vape has grown significantly in popularity. You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.

This is so true — the phrase is everywhere, even being used frequently by teens. That's why we're talking about it now. Did you know that the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes has tripled since 2011? That's a huge increase, especially surrounding devices whose safety is unknown. In fact, studies show that e-cigs may be a gateway drug and increase the likelihood that teens try other drugs.

If these stats aren't enough to convince you, the fact that "vape" was chosen as the word of the year proves that e-cigarettes are taking over. To learn more about e-cigs and what teens should know about their potential dangers, keep an eye out for the February issue of Choices magazine! Our cover story is all about these risky devices.