E-cigarette use up among San Luis Obispo County teens

E-cigarette use up among San Luis Obispo County teens


new study shows an alarming number of teens are using electronic cigarettes to smoke marijuana heightening health concerns around the popularity of vaping KSP weiss kelsey mcfarland joins us live in the studio to show us what the problem looks like locally kelsey richard over two million middle and high school students across the u.s. have admitted to using e-cigs or vape pens to get high that’s one in 11 students that growing epidemic is also hitting San Luis Obispo County and public health officials are trying to put a stop to it the younger generation has taken smoking and made it their own activity their own product it’s very different what we’re seeing in terms of tobacco use now in schools as we did 10 20 or 40 years ago they look sleek high-tech and can easily fit in your pocket part of the reason ecigs or joules have become so popular among teens the second reason is the variety of flavors there’s over 15,000 flavors on the market today County health officials say 20 to 25% of 11th graders in San Luis Obispo County admit using a cigarette products the battery-powered devices are generally considered less dangerous than regular cigarettes but come with their own risk a jewel pod which is about the size of your thumbnail is the equivalent nicotine as a full packet of cigarettes it’s helped a lot of people quit smoking cigarettes absolutely but it’s also open the can of worms everywhere else owner of cloud 9 smoke shop atom monkey says they carefully check and scan IDs knowing their products are wanted among teens battery packs sold in smoke shops and gas stations alike can attach to any cartridge including marijuana the majority of what people buy are the little you know 10 to 20 dollar little battery setups and it’s like I said it’s universal they can put whatever they want to on it the problem is it’s hard to tell whether it’s nicotine based a juice a cannabis product or something else the FDA is now coming down on e-cigarettes giving them 60 days to come up with a plan to stop underaged use of their products san luis obispo county tobacco control is working with local policymakers to create more stringent smoking rules through the county live in the studio kelsey mcfarland KSBY news

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