The Surgeon General's report, "E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults," shows that:
- One in six high-school students across the country used an e-cigarette in the last month;
- Nicotine is unsafe for youth and young adults, and the use of it can lead to addiction and disruption of attention and learning; and
- Secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes contains harmful chemicals.
Recently, the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey found that 17 percent of 11th graders use e-cigarettes – more than double the rate of conventional cigarette use.
"Minnesota has led the country in enacting youth protections," Mowery said. "But the tobacco industry markets their products to the next generation with advertising and kid-friendly flavors. Lawmakers should take further steps to protect our kids from a lifetime of addiction to tobacco."
Minnesota was one of the first states to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors, and half of the state's population is protected by indoor air laws that include e-cigarettes. The tobacco industry has a long history of marketing to kids, and each of the major tobacco companies has their own line of e-cigarettes. Lawmakers can:
- Maintain high prices on e-cigarettes, as well as on other tobacco products;
- Add e-cigarettes to smoke-free policies;
- Restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to adult-only stores; and
- Restrict sales of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to those 21 years and older.
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ClearWay Minnesota is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves the health of Minnesotans by reducing the harm caused by tobacco. ClearWay Minnesota serves Minnesota through its grant-making program, QUITPLAN® stop-smoking services and statewide outreach activities. It is funded with 3 percent of the state's 1998 tobacco settlement.
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