While the use of traditional cigarettes and tobacco products in Idaho has remained steady over the last several years, we have seen the national trends reflected here, with an increase in youth usage of electronic cigarettes and vape products. This trend is not just alarming, it is deadly. We have seen the long-term health impacts that traditional tobacco use has caused but we are just now beginning to see as more and more research is being done, the increasingly frightening and unexpected health impacts of vape/e-cigarette use. Reports are showing increased risks of strokes, lung disease, and most recently the potential link of vaping to seizures.
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That is why we are fighting to ensure all tobacco and nicotine products are included in our efforts to prevent use, eliminate secondhand smoke, and to help current smokers quit. We are working on policies that will ensure electronic cigarettes will be treated the same as traditional tobacco products, so we know where products are being purchased and can prevent them from being sold to underage users. As we continue to see these companies target our kids, we must stay aware of how, when, and where they are using them as well. Electronic cigarettes are incredibly easy to hide, and don’t have the same odor as traditional cigarettes, so they can be used during class and on school property without being noticed. As we leave summer and get back into the swing of school and routine, we ask for your help to prevent our youth from using electronic cigarettes and support our efforts to make sure we keep these deadly devices out of kids hands.