HASTINGS – The South Heartland District Health Department wants people to know about the dangers and facts about vaping.
It has been a national discussion as of late and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced over 800 cases of lung injury reported in people who have a history of vaping and 17 deaths related to vaping. According to local surveys done by the department, local teens have been using vapor products at increasing rates, with 45 percent of 9th through 12th graders saying that; yes they have tried it.
Michele Bever, the executive director of the South Heartland District Health Department, says they are concerned about these vapor products.
The tobacco companies are really, have been stepping up their marketing of these vapor products. And other tobacco products by adding flavors. And we’re seeing thousands and thousands of flavor opportunities. Things that kids like to try. Watermelon, lemonade, gummy bear, cotton candy, everything is out there. And the flavors are probably the primary reason why youth are starting to use them. Because they taste better and they reduce that harshness of the tobacco products.
The department is encouraging businesses and citizens to take action. Businesses can take action by adding vaping products to their existing tobacco policy.
And they encourage people to read the Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids Act and tell your local congressperson about the act. And they also suggest adults to not use vapor or tobacco products.