American Lung Association Applauds Governor Parson for Action to Reduce Youth E-Cigarette Use
(October 15, 2019) - ST. LOUIS
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Today, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced an executive order to direct the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education and the Department of Public Safety to develop a public awareness campaign to educate youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
The American Lung Association in Missouri commends the governor for taking action to help prevent youth e-cigarette use.
“Thank you to Governor Parson for taking the first step in a statewide effort to help reduce youth vaping,” said Leah Martin, the director of advocacy for the Lung Association. “From our decades of experience in tobacco control efforts, we know that public awareness campaigns can make a meaningful impact on tobacco use. This is a great first step to implement a comprehensive tobacco control plan in Missouri, and we look forward to working with the Governor and legislators to address this critical health issue.”
“The youth e-cigarette epidemic is nothing short of a public health emergency that must be urgently confronted. Nationally, more than 3.6 million middle- and high-school students used e-cigarettes last year – an increase of 1.5 million over the previous year – and public health authorities warn that these numbers likely will continue to rise.”
“Especially in light of the youth vaping epidemic, the Lung Association remains deeply concerned about the injuries and deaths attributed to vaping across the country, including here in Missouri. We warn that no one should use e-cigarettes because they can cause irreversible lung damage and lung disease.”
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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