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Tobacco Use Among Younger Students High in Marion County

Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 at 5:54 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Tony Correa

Tobacco use in schools is on the rise and Marion County Public Health wants to raise awareness on ways to prevent its use by students.

Tobacco Education and Prevention Coordinator Jess Clark says Marion County has a large number of students in middle school who are using tobacco products, including vape pens and e-cigarettes. She says these products are dangerous because they’ve not been approved by the FDA and it’s not known exactly what is in them.

Clark recommends parents and teachers be on the lookout for children having odd-looking markers that some vape pens can look like, if a child is frequently going under a desk for something, or if there’s an unusually fruity odor from a child or their clothes, since gummy bear flavored vape liquid is one of the more popular in the county.