By: Angela Garrity
Hawaii is heating up its fight against vaping, as public health officials are running hot over state statics, Hawaii News Now reports.
Statistics from the state Department of Health show “1 out of every 6 public middle school students in Hawaii has used an e-cigarette” and “1 in every 4 high schoolers have vaped” being reported after Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. surgeon general’s recent visit to the islands, where he brought up the “problem of the wide use of e-cigarettes among young people”.
Adams stated during his Hawaiian visit, “As surgeon general, I am terribly concerned about the national rates," he said. "And ... Hawaii (is) no. 2 state for youth use of e-cigarettes.”
A bill to ban flavored tobacco products in Hawaii was shot down at the Legislature earlier this year. State health officials say they’ll be back next session pushing for it again.
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