Our Healthy Community: The Teen Vaping Epidemic

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Robert Crane, M.D.
Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation


Mysheika W. Roberts, M.D.
Health Commissioner
Columbus Public Health


Micah Berman
Associate Professor of Public Health and Law at the College of Public Health
The Ohio State University


Thomas P. Houston, M.D.
Clinic Medical Director
The Breathing Association


The US Surgeon General first announced the grave health risks of tobacco use in 1964. 55 years later, Ohio has an above average rate of smokers among adults and more troubling, high schoolers.

The introduction of e-cigarettes in the early 2000s was heralded as a quasi-solution to the problem. E-cigarettes allow smokers to enjoy a puff without the tar or ash, but still delivers the nicotine they crave (or, to which they are addicted).

Turns out teens love vaping for its trendiness and fun flavors and it’s becoming an epidemic. 37% of high school seniors say they have tried vaping, and evidence shows that consequently, they are much more likely to switch to traditional tobacco products.





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