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Senator Ron Grooms: Preventing Vaping Among Teens

The use of vaping devices has quickly become a national health crisis, having increased over 300% in Indiana since 2012.

New reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention link vaping to more than 200 cases of respiratory illnesses nationwide, including at least 24 in Indiana.

Recently, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed the state’s first death that is linked to vaping.

To address these alarming statistics, Indiana is launching a three-pronged strategy to reduce vaping among Hoosier youth.

The ISDH plans to increase awareness of the risks associated with e-cigarettes through an educational toolkit for schools, parents and students. Along with this, the ISDH will also launch a youth-focused text-to-quit program and a statewide public awareness campaign focusing on both the prevention and cessation of vaping.

I am alarmed by the growing number of Hoosiers who vape, especially our teens, and I hope these efforts will play a part in overcoming this public health concern.

Click here for more information on Indiana’s efforts on tobacco prevention and cessation.

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