This year teachers and administrators will have a new tool to combat electronic cigarette use at school. House Bill 413 was passed by the 2019 legislature and makes it illegal to use any tobacco product, including “vaping” or e-cigarettes on school property. This is especially important for schools around the state where the city or county has not strengthened their Clean Indoor Air law to include the newest tobacco products.
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In Montana, more than 50% of high schoolers have tried electronic cigarettes. This is an alarming rate given that we are seeing more evidence daily of negative long-term effects. A recent study showed negative cardiovascular effects from vaping.
As you or your children go back to school, please have discussions about the harmful effects of tobacco use. If you need help to start these discussions, check out the great resources here at our Montana Tobacco Use Prevention website.