Smoking

Communities React To E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

Jun 3, 2019
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In the past year the number of teens using e-cigarettes has increased by 78 percent and experts are worried. Side Effects Public Media’s Araceli Gomez-Aldana spoke with WFYI’s All Things Considered Host Matt Pelsor about the rising numbers.

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This week on No Limits, the discussion focused on the rising rates of youth using e-cigarettes and electronic vaping devices. The session, in partnership with Side Effects Public Media, followed public listening sessions in Kokomo and Terre Haute.

Guests included Shirley Dubois with Howard County Tobacco Free, IU School of Medicine's Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, Danielle Patterson of the American Heart Association, and reporters Araceli Gomez-Aldana and Leigh DeNoon.

Most people knew James Strain as “Butch.” Dr. Cynthia Meneghini called him “Dad." She remembers him as a handyman who could fix anything. When she moved to a new house, he painted it top to bottom, despite feeling pain in his ribs.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a bill raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 across the country.

During a news conference in Louisville Thursday, McConnell said he will introduce the legislation in May.

“By raising the age you could legally purchase to 21, tobacco won’t be in most high schools, presenting fewer opportunities for children to get their hands on vaping devices,” McConnell said.

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An estimated 21 percent of Hoosiers smoke – one of the highest smoking rates in the country. 

But of the nine bills related to smoking, cigarettes, and e-liquids introduced at the Statehouse this session, only two are moving forward. 

FDA Says Teen Boys Most At Risk Of Using E-Cigarettes

Feb 18, 2019
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Health officials say teenagers are using e-cigarettes at epidemic rates. Lawmakers in a number of Midwest states, like Indiana, Illinois and Minnesota, are addressing the problem and so is the FDA.

JUUL E-cigarettes Are Favorites Of Teens, And That's A Problem

Dec 6, 2018
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Smoking looks a lot different these days. It’s been on the decline, due to restrictions at work and in bars and restaurants. But there is one segment—teenagers who use e-cigarettes—that is growing fast. And health experts are worried about the consequences.

 

New Reports Calculate Lives Lost To Tobacco, Opioids

Oct 30, 2018

Two new reports from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation outline the loss of life in Indiana from two epidemics: tobacco and opioids

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends states spend more than $73 million annually on tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. A new report finds Indiana spends just more than 10 percent of that amount, less than half the national average.

The state spent just more than $8 million in federal and state funds in 2016 to help people quit smoking or prevent them from starting.

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Indiana spent more money on anti-smoking programs this year than last. But it’s still a lot less than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.


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