DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Last week, the state of Illinois reported the first death related to severe lung disease connected to vaping.
And while there have not been any reports of hospitalization or death as a result of vaping in our state, the Alabama Department of Public Health says vaping is on the rise in the state.
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that e-cigarette use among youth and young adults is a public health concern.
Alabama Governor, Kay Ivey, has signed a bill prohibiting the sales of vaping products to minors.
Despite this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the rates of vaping among middle school and high school aged children has dramatically increased since 2011.
And in many cases, vaping can be more dangerous than smoking cigarettes.
“We know that the Juuls have more nicotine than a pack of cigarettes, causing it to be more highly addictive,” said District Clinical Nursing Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Johna Cotton.
“So, if a child becomes addicted, it’s going to be harder for them to break that addiction, and also there’s side-effects from withdrawing from it,” Cotton said.
Cotton added that most children who become addicted to vaping generally started in 7th or 8th grade.
She said it’s important for parents to have conversations with their children to help them understand the consequences that come along with vaping.
If you—or someone you know needs help quitting smoking or vaping, visit: www.quitnowalabama.com or call 1-800-QUITNOW.