JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Less than a week after our in-depth report on students vaping in schools, the Arkansas Department of Health reports e-cigarette use among high school students is on the rise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that e-cig use increased 80 percent in the last year.
According to a news release from the ADH, use by Arkansas high school students rose from 13.7 percent in 2017 to 20.8 percent this year.
The increase comes even though the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18 is banned in the state.
The ADH lauded the FDA Commissioner’s decision last week to eliminate flavorings in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping products, in an effort to reduce their use by teens. Banning menthol in cigarettes and cigars has also been proposed.
“This is great news in our battle to protect children from starting tobacco use and suffering the harms of tobacco,” said Dr. Appathurai Balamurugan, state chronic disease director and medical director for the tobacco and chronic disease branch.