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Youth e-cigarette use skyrocketing

The number of Wisconsin students using e-cigarettes is becoming an epidemic. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued a public health advisory saying that 20% of Wisconsin high school students are using e-cigarettes. Cath Tease is the Coalition Coordinator of re:THINK of Door and Kewaunee counties and she says she is not surprised about that rising number. Tease says one of the big problems are the flavors that are offered with e-cigarettes. Students and younger people wouldn't use tobacco and e-cigarettes if it wasn't for flavors like mango, cotton candy, and buttered popcorn. Tease believes if there was more regulation on e-cigarettes, that would make it less enticing for teens.

 

 

Tease added that retailers need to be better trained so they don't sell to minors. Minors were successful 29% of the time when they tried to purchase tobacco in Door County in 2018.

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