This Morning: Report finds “failure” to protect kids from e-cigarettes, vaping

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New this morning a report finds state and federal governments are failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes. 

It also shows not enough is being done when it comes to prevention.

Each year the American Lung Association looks at whether policies in place to prevent people from using tobacco are actually working.

According to the “State of Tobacco Control 2019” report, more needs to be done.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a 78% increase in vaping by high school students.

That translates to 3.6 million students now using e-cigarettes.

Another study done by the National Institute for Drug Abuse found that one-third of all high school seniors report using a vaping product.

Setting the stage for greater risks of addiction and tobacco related diseases in the future.

“They market to the young. They have flavors like cotton candy and captain crunch and things that are going to appeal to young people. So the market is dedicated toward trying to get young people addicted to nicotine early,” says Director of Advoacy for the American Lung Association in Michigan, Ken Fletcher.

According to the American Lung Association, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing 480,000 people each year.

“A lot of times students may be using an e cigarette and parents don’t even know what it is. They can look like a flashdrive from your computer and then also just educate them on the facts. Let kids know that this is not a safe version,” says Fletcher.

The report shows 43 states including Michigan received a failing grade regarding prevention programs.

Why advocates are pushing for more policies from both state and federal officials.

Including raising the buying age for tobacco to 21 and removing flavored e-cigararettes from the market.

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