FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Vaping continues to be a harmful and prevalent drawback amongst Central Valley teenagers.
The California Pupil Tobacco Survey reveals nearly 1 / 4 of Fresno County tenth and twelfth graders have tried e-cigarettes.
The information was tracked from September 2019 to March 2020. Of the 22% of scholars who mentioned they used a vaping machine, 6% mentioned they’re presently vaping.
Numbers, sadly, aren’t stunning to leaders with the county’s Tobacco Prevention Program.
“We already know youth vaping has develop into such an epidemic in our nation,” mentioned Might Chung, well being training specialist.
Based on Chung, this system receives a number of calls from faculty districts when it finds a pupil with vaping merchandise. She additionally mentioned involved dad and mom would name after discovering it of their kid’s backpack.
“After they speak to their youngster, their youngster mentioned, ‘Yeah, I bought it…there’s this retailer who sells it to anybody.’ It’s totally regarding,” mentioned Chung.
The report discovered greater than 21% of the scholars that mentioned they paid for his or her gadgets bought it from a retailer.
“Our survey outcomes present that over half of our college students, half of Fresno County college students, stay inside strolling distance of a retailer that sells tobacco merchandise,” Chung mentioned.
This system is working with legislation enforcement and faculty districts to steer younger individuals away from e-cigs.
In October 2019, Fresno County Sheriff’s Workplace obtained a $4 million grant from the state legal professional normal to assist fund extra outreach and enforcement.
Grant cash was additionally given to native faculty districts.
Final faculty yr, Central Unified spent one morning listening to a presentation concerning the risks and dangers of vaping.
“Quite a lot of these merchandise include nicotine,” Chung mentioned. “Nicotine itself is a neurotoxin.”
Chung believes training, consciousness and coverage change might help deliver the numbers for youth vaping down, however most significantly, preserve youth protected and wholesome.
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