American Lung Association Comments on Indiana Youth Tobacco Use Survey Results
(August 29, 2019) - Indianapolis, IN
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Today, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Kristina Box, M.D., released the 2018 Indiana Youth Tobacco Use Survey, which reveals that youth e-cigarette use has nearly doubled from 2016 to 2018.
The American Lung Association is deeply concerned with the dramatic increase in youth e-cigarette use and urges Indiana lawmakers to take action to help prevent teen e-cigarette use.
“We hope that Indiana lawmakers will find these numbers alarming and finally take bold action to address this epidemic,” said Nick Torres, the director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Indiana. “In the wake of serious vaping-related pulmonary illnesses affecting young Hoosiers and the 2018 youth tobacco use data, we look forward to working with Indiana legislators to help put an end to this youth e-cigarette epidemic.”
The American Lung Association stands ready to help everyone quit tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, and encourages parents to speak with their kids about the harms of vaping, before they start. For those who are concerned about their health and e-cigarette use, contact your doctor if you notice symptoms such as breathing difficulty, shortness of breath and/or chest pain.
The American Lung Association also has programs for schools to educate kids about the health risks of vaping and how to quit tobacco use. Learn more at Lung.org/ecigs.
The full Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey findings are available here.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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