Indiana teens are more likely to use vaping devices than cigarettes. The increase in vaping among youth is rising at such an alarming rate that the U.S. Surgeon General is calling it an epidemic that “demands action to protect the lives of young people.”
Introduced in 2015, Juul e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity among youth across the United States, leading to what public health officials have called a youth e-cigarette “epidemic.” From 2017 to 2019, e-cigarette use among high school students rose by 135 percent.
Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country, killing 53,000
nonsmokers in the U.S. each year. For every eight smokers the tobacco industry kills, it takes
one nonsmoker with them.
Too many Americans are falling through gaps in protections from secondhand smoke.
Why are smokefree policies and important public health measure?
Our collective goal is to raise awareness of the devastating impact of tobacco use. We strive to maintain a local infrastructure through activities that include training adult and youth advocates, empowering coalition and community members, developing relationships with key stakeholders and decision-makers in our communities, and building diverse coalitions. We have made a lot of progress; yet more work needs to be done. It will take every organization, business, school, healthcare provider and citizen to help create a healthier Lake County that is not crippled by the tobacco epidemic.
Protect kids from the tobacco industry’s sweet tricks. Help the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids by signing the petition calling on the FDA to end the sale of flavored tobacco products.