The Vexing Vape: Officials Say Small Vaping Device Juul A Major Health Risk To Youth

89.3 WFPL: January 14, 2019 by Mary Meehan, Ohio Valley ReSource


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention teen vape use is exploding. There was a 78 percent increase between 2016 and 2017.

It is a compounding health risk in states like Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio where tobacco use is already high. The CDC says about 14 percent of teens across the country use e-cigarettes, which can be harder to detect. Juul makes up about 70 percent of e-cigs used by teens.

Legally, no one under 18 in the Ohio Valley should have an electronic cigarette. Penalties among the states range from having the device confiscated to a $100 fine.

But local health officials said that isn’t a deterrent for teens.

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