The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a new report, which shows that the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among middle school and high school students more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.
This report raises the concern that e-cigarettes may be a starting point for youth to begin using more traditional tobacco products, including cigarettes. It’s important that we keep the tobacco industry from addicting yet another generation of smokers. If e-cigarettes are luring high school and middle school students into a lifetime of addiction, it represents a public health tragedy. We cannot sentence more young Americans to a lifetime of battling cardiovascular diseases because of tobacco addiction.
As a way of protecting our youth and all citizens from tobacco in Kentucky, we are working to make all of Kentucky smoke-free. As smoke-free laws have spread, the evidence has also grown that these laws protect public health without harming business in bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues. In fact, 24 states (and Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) have already adopted comprehensive smoke-free laws. Kentuckians, especially our youth, deserve no less! To learn more about current efforts and to show your legislators that tobacco issues are important to you, please visit our Take Action center to send your supportive message today and encourage others to send a message through Facebook.