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E-Cigarette Use By W.Va. Youth On The Rise

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A report released today from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources [DHHR] details the rise of e-cigarette use in West Virginia youth in the past two years.

It shows more than one in three West Virginia high school students report current use of e-cigarettes, which is a 150 percent hike since 2017.

E-cigarettes, or vapes, contain nicotine, a substance linked to addictive behaviors. The DHHR cites that nicotine use can harm the developing brain, which is not fully formed until around 25 years old. 

According to the report, West Virginia youth's use of e-cigarettes is proportionally much higher than adults, and also higher than national averages. 

DHHR says they are investigating the link between e-cigarette use and respiratory disease. 

A bill was introduced in the House of Delegates this month that would require warning signs for the products. If passed, businesses selling vape products would have to post a sign indicating the potential risk of lung injury from e-cigarette use. That proposal has yet to be taken up by a committee.


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