American Lung Association Applauds Montana Gov. Bullock’s Action to Address E-Cigarette Epidemic, Encourages Further Steps
(October 8, 2019) - MISSOULA, Mont.
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Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced action today to protect Montanans from the growing youth vaping epidemic by announcing a temporary prohibition of the sale of flavored vaping products. This is a positive step in addressing the epidemic, which is even more concerning in light of continued reports of severe lung illnesses and deaths linked to e-cigarette use, as the developing lungs of youth are more at risk.
“The American Lung Association applauds Governor Bullock for taking this action to protect the health of all Montanans,” said Carrie Nyssen, senior director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in Montana.
“While we strongly support this step to address the youth e-cigarette epidemic, we know more must be done to prevent youth from beginning to vape in the first place. Youth are attracted to flavored e-cigarettes, and the Lung Association encourages federal and state governments to remove all flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes and flavored cigars from the marketplace to prevent a lifetime of addiction and tobacco-related death and disease,” Nyssen continued.
The youth e-cigarette epidemic is nothing short of a public health emergency that must be urgently confronted. Federal officials have announced that e-cigarette use among youth has increased to 27.5 percent, an increase of 135 percent over the past two years. Research shows that 97 percent of current youth e-cigarette users used a flavored product in the past month, and 70 percent cite flavors as a key reason for their use. Of the youth who use e-cigarettes, 63.9 percent are using mint or menthol e-cigarettes.
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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