Experts Worry About Students' E-Cigarette Use Upon Return to School

Experts Worry About Students' E-Cigarette Use Upon Return to School
Experts warn of increased youth vaping as students return to school, with flavored e-cigarettes appealing to children and teens.

KATU continues to focus on student safety in the back-to-school series, and reports that as students return to classrooms in the next week or two, health experts are concerned about an increase in e-cigarette use among children and teenagers.

Matthew Myers, chairman of the Smoke-Free Kids campaign, stated that students even place these products under their pillows at night. With e-cigarettes, it is difficult to determine if someone is smoking as many e-cigarette products are either flavored or unflavored, making them odorless unlike traditional cigarettes. However, parents may notice changes in their child's behavior.

Matthew Myers asked if there has been an increase in the number of missing children recently, and if they have disappeared while being alone. He also inquired if there are signs of anxiety or stress among the children, as these are common indicators of addiction.

According to data provided by the Oregon Tobacco-Free Kids organization, approximately 5,500 adult deaths occur annually in the state due to smoking-related illnesses. Myers expressed concern that students may resume using e-cigarettes upon returning to school.

Myers stated that the market for electronic cigarette products is saturated with fruity and sweet flavors, attracting children and teenagers. Some even offer nicotine e-cigarettes. Many children believe these products are harmless until they become addicted.

Myers advises families that smoking can have a serious impact on children and teenagers' learning, focus, and memory. The first step is to ensure that your child knows the facts. It is important to have regular conversations with your child about smoking rather than having one big talk.

According to data from the Smoke-Free Kids campaign, over 21% of high school students report using electronic cigarettes. However, health experts warn that it's not just high schoolers - even younger adolescents are experimenting with e-cigarettes.


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