Health officials: "Youth vaping a serious issue" |

Health officials: "Youth vaping a serious issue"

Updated: February 25, 2021 09:28 PM
Created: February 25, 2021 09:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) - It's a major health issue that's not getting better.

New findings show youth vaping in Minnesota is worse than many had previously thought.

A survey was done by the state department of health to see how much middle and high school students are vaping.

Results show one in five high school students are using e-cigarettes and 70 percent of middle and high schoolers have reported nicotine dependence.

"Once they are dependent on the nicotine they are getting, they use it to manage their moods. So the message is yes, the best thing to breathe is air and nothing else. But the other thing is to develop other coping mechanisms and not relying on any drug," says Dr. Taylor Hays, Director, Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic. 

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