Barnstable County Warns of Dangers of Youth Vaping

BARNSTABLE – Barnstable County’s Department of Health and Environment is warning of the dangers associated with e-cigarettes, particularly for young people.

Department Officials say that a recent surge in vaping is giving rise to nicotine addiction in local youth.

The US Surgeon General has also issued an advisory describing the use of e-cigarettes by youth as an epidemic.

The advisory states that In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, currently use e-cigarettes.

“This department supports the Surgeon General’s advisory. This is not only a national problem, it is a Cape Cod problem as well. The Cape Cod Regional Tobacco Control Program can provide assistance and information to anyone who has questions about vaping and other nicotine delivery products,” said Sean O’Brien, Director of the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment.

Supported through a state grant administered by the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, the CCRTCP provides education and enforcement services to collaborative member towns, including Cape Cod’s 15 towns, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Wareham.

“Everyone can play an important role in protecting young people from the risks of e-cigarettes. Parents should be vigilant in their efforts to learn how their children feel about vaping, and if they are vaping themselves,” said CCRTCP Director Robert Collett.

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