American Lung Association Responds to 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey Results Showing 28.7% of Maine High School Students Using E-Cigarettes
(December 13, 2019) - Augusta, ME
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Today, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, showing that more Maine high school students are using e-cigarettes than the national average. In response, Lance Boucher, Senior Division Director of State Public Policy for the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
"This morning, the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention reported that 28.7% of Maine high school students are using e-cigarettes, which is higher than the national average. Unfortunately, this news is further evidence that bold and urgent action is needed to address the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, and that we must do more to implement policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use for people of all ages. The state of Maine should address this epidemic by passing legislation to remove all flavored tobacco products from the market. Nearly 70% of youth tobacco users, including e-cigarette use, report using flavored products. Clearing the market of flavors could help to immediately reverse this alarming trend of skyrocketing use.
Tobacco remains the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in Maine and the nation. The American Lung Association supports Governor Mills' effort to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, especially among parents and children. We look forward to working with the administration and the legislature to commit to stronger protections for Maine's youth by fully implementing the state’s Tobacco 21 statute and considering other evidenced based policies such as restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, increasing tobacco taxes, as well as funding for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program to meet the CDC recommended levels in the coming legislative session."
The American Lung Association also recommends that parents speak to their children about e-cigarettes and the health risks of vaping. Download our free parent conversation guide at the TheVapeTalk.org and learn more about how to start the conversation.
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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