LISTEN: Tobacco Free Florida Week Begins

As Tobacco Free Florida Week begins, state officials are focusing on snuffing out the national epidemic of youth vaping.

In the last year alone, the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida reports there has been a 58% increase among Florida high schoolers admitting they're using electronic vaping devices. Now one in four says he or she is puffing on an e-cigarette.

Bureau Chief Laura Corbin says, "The fact that 25% of our high school students are vaping versus just 4% of adults definitely indicates this is a youth epidemic."

She hopes their E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth initiative will provide parents and teachers with accurate information debunking some teens' misconceptions about e-cigarettes.

Misinformation includes that they're not addictive. Many do contain nicotine. People are also wrong to think their aerosol is just harmless water vapor. "Bottom line is that vaping is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults."

Click here for more information about the E-Epidemic: Vaping and Youth initiative.

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