Minnesota Turns to TikTok to Encourage Teens…


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2020 knowledge reported no statistical improve in teen vaping charges since 2017.

The 2020 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey has indicated that 70% of highschool and center college vapers, are displaying indicators of nicotine dependence. The survey is carried out frequently by the Minnesota Division of Well being, to supply details about younger folks’s business tobacco use and design and consider prevention efforts.

In keeping with the 2020 knowledge, 19% of highschool and three% of center college college students had been present vapers, and 34% of highschool and eight% of center college college students reported ever utilizing an e-cigarette. This was not a statistically important improve from 2017.

The survey additionally indicated that 4 in 5 Minnesota college students reported that the primary tobacco product they ever tried was flavoured. General tobacco use declined to twenty.5% of highschool and 4.1% of center college college students having used a tobacco product up to now 30 days, in comparison with 26.4% and 5.2% in 2017.

A partnership with a GP on TikTok

To this impact, the state’s Division of Well being has joined forces with widespread TikToker and household doctor Dr. Rose Marie Leslie. The physician has nearly 1 million followers on the platform and shares health-related info and assets, amongst which data on how younger folks can stop vaping.

“I have been creating content with the Minnesota Department of Health to help promote health behavior change regarding vaping and share impactful resources like My Life, My Quit. I am proud to partner with them. They are such a committed organization and I truly stand behind their efforts,” stated Leslie as quoted by Newsweek.

“I have a history of communicating with my followers about vaping prevention and cessation, so it’s a natural partnership. Right now I am solely partnering with MDH for the TikTok campaign, and we’ll see what future efforts may look like.”

Tobacco 21

Final 12 months, Minnesota’s legislators elevate the state’s tobacco age restrict to 21. The legislation was handed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz in Could, making Minnesota in line with federal legal guidelines. Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, who had lengthy been advocating for the age restrict improve, stated that the primary objective of the brand new laws is to stop teen vaping and subsequent nicotine habit.

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