Letter to the editor: Youth vaping a real threat

Posted 11/19/19

Youth vaping a real threat Alarm bells should be ringing. Colorado has one of the highest youth vaping rates in the nation, and it’s growing. Over 27% of high school students in Colorado reported …

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Letter to the editor: Youth vaping a real threat

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Youth vaping a real threat

Alarm bells should be ringing. Colorado has one of the highest youth vaping rates in the nation, and it’s growing. Over 27% of high school students in Colorado reported they had vaped. Schools in response are installing special sensors in bathrooms, removing bathroom doors, banning flash drives, hiring more staff and providing programs to help students deal with nicotine addiction. We have a literal battle going on in the schools.

The flavors like bubblegum and cotton candy are a big draw for the youth, but to create those flavors companies add chemicals. They are breathing in nicotine and chemicals into their bodies and affecting their health negatively for years to come.

What can we do? Here’s what I propose:

• Increase vaping age limit to 21. Get a start on it early. Sagewood Middle School in Parker will be the first to try the Douglas County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition diversion program in which students will take classes about substance use and complete community service and every school needs that available to them.

• Educate parents/adults on the effects of nicotine and harmful chemicals on young brains via the schools.  

• Create a vape tax and put that money into funding awareness and addiction programs for those who smoke/vape. Currently there is no vaping excise tax in Colorado, but there is one for cigarettes.

• Join in on the lawsuit against JUUL, then put that money into the resources needed to educate and combat their usage.  

Kyra D.Storojev

Candidate for state House District 44

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