Cigarette smoking has declined among middle and high school students for years. But now, e-cigarette sales are rising, with young people using them at epidemic rates. Public health officials are concerned about the impact – including exposure to addictive nicotine.
In April 2019, Side Effects held listening sessions in Kokomo and Terre Haute to hear comments and questions about teen vaping from residents around Indiana. On June 4, reporter Araceli Gomez-Aldana led a panel discussion on the topic featuring Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn of the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital at IU Health; Dr. Dana Stewart, a pediatrician at Meadows Medical Center; and Olivia Teague, a student at Indiana State University.