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The nation’s vaping epidemic continues to take a toll on public health

The use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products among high school students has more than doubled since 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Clearly, vaping has become a public health emergency in the U.S., particularly among teenagers. 

Libby Stern, a tobacco cessation specialist with Spectrum Health, joined us to talk about why so many people are becoming addicted and why it is so hard to quit.  

Vaping: Just the Facts

  • Nicotine is addictive and can permanently alter the developing brain
  • Vaping exposes you to chemicals linked to cancer and lung disease 
  • 64 vaping-related deaths in U.S. 
  • 135% increase in teen vaping from 2017-2019 

For more information, including resources to download and share, plus a schedule of upcoming cessation classes, visit www.spectrumhealth.org/vaping

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