Expert: Vaping addiction a real problem

Expert: Vaping addiction a real problem


3 MARLEE:..WE START WITH THE BIG STORY– ALL FLAVORED VAPE WITH NICOTINE IS NOW ILLEGAL IN OUR STATE AFTER A STRETCH OF VAPE DEATHS THAT’S GROWING TONIGHT. WE’RE NOW AT 16 DEATHS NATIONWIDE.THE LATEST– A PERSON IN NEW JERSEY– THE FIRST FATALITY IN THAT STATE. BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE HERE IN OUR STATE WHO USED VAPING TO QUIT CIGARETTES?ALL WEEK WE’RE EXPLORING EVERY ANGLE OF THIS COMPLICATED DEBATE.EARLIER THIS WEEK I TALKED WITH A VAPE SHOP OWNER WHO TOLD ME THE BAN ISN’T THE ANSWER … TEENS DONT VAPE FOR THE áFLAVOR … THEY VAPE FOR THE áBUZZ.BUT TONIGHT – WE’RE HEARING FROM AN ADDICTION SPECIALIST WHO SAYS WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. 3 3 ((23:28 TO 23:40 MARLEE: IS IT THE NICOTINE HIGH OR IS IT THE FLAVOR? STERN: YES, IT’S BOTH RIGHT? IT’S THE DEVICE, THE DEVICES ARE NOVEL, IT’S COOL. THEY’RE FRIENDS ARE DOING THEY WANT TO BE A 3 PART OF THAT.)) 3 LIBBY STERN IS A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED TOBACCO ADDICTION SPECIALIST IN GRAND RAPIDS. PARENTS HAVE TURNED TO STERN FOR HELP … WANTING TO KNOW HOW TO GET THEIR áKIDS OFF VAPING. 3 ((24:04 TO 24:23 STERN: PARENTS HAVE ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE IT. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. IT’S ONE THING IF YOUR KIDS ARE SMOKING CIGARETTES, IT’S OBVIOUS. BUT WITH THESE PRODUCTS, NOT 3 NECESSARILY.))STERN SUPPORTS THE STATEWIDE BAN NOW IN EFFECT – PROHIBITING FLAVORED NICOTINE VAPING PRODUCTS. SHE BELIEVES THE FLAVOR IS THE FIRST LURE … THE NICOTINE THEN GETS TEENS HOOKED. 3 ((30:00 TO 30:07 RICK JENSEN: I WOULD SPEND PROBABLY 3 OR 4 TIMES A DAY STEP OUTSIDE AND SMOKE A CIGARETTE, A QUICK FIVE MINUTE BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.))GETTING HOOKED ON NICOTINE MAY BE THE EASY PART … BUT QUITTING CAN BE A BEAR. RICK JENSEN A FORMER SMOKER WHO NOW WORKS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY … LEARNED THE HARD WAY … AFTER SMOKING A PACK OF CIGARETTES A DAY FOR á15 YEARS.((27:02 TO 27:06 RICK JENSEN: I HAD WITHDRAWALS, SWEATING, SHAKES, NERVOUSNESS.))CALLING IT ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS HE’S EVER DONE IN HIS LIFE … JENSEN SAYS áHYPNOTISM IS WHAT SEALED THE DEAL IN HIS QUEST TO QUIT NICOTINE FOR GOOD … BUT HE ADMITS HE OCASSIONALLY USED A VAPING CIGARETTE ALONG THE WAY. ((27:46 TO 27:55 RICK JENSEN: HAVING THE VAPING CIGARETTE WITH ME WAS KIND OF LIKE MY CRUTCH OR MY CANE FOR WHEN I WAS HAVING A REALLY WEAK MOMENT AND I JUST NEEDED SOMETHING TO GET BY. ))((28:07 TO 28:16 RICK JENSEN: I BELIEVE THAT THE WAY I VAPED TO QUIT SMOKING WAS HELPFUL IN MY CASE. I’M NOT SURE I WOULD RECOMMEND OTHERS TO VAPE KNOWING WHAT WE KNOW NOW.))AND YET TEEN VAPING HAS BECOME A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. JUST LAST MONTH A FEDERAL SURVEY SHOWED 1 IN 4 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE VAPING. THE C-D-C SAYS NEARLY 30 PERCENT REPORTED USING AN E-CIGARETTE IN THE LAST MONTH … UP FROM 20 PERCENT IN 2018. STERN SAYS WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE … AND THE GOVERNOR’S BAN IS THE FIRST STEP.((20:22 TO 20:36 STERN: OTHERWISE THINGS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ESCALATE AND YOU HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE DEALING WITH ADDICTION WHEN IF IT HAD NOT BEEN AVAILABLE TO THEM, THESE ARE KIDS THAT WOULD NOT HAVE SMOKED.)) 3 MARLEE:..SO … IS IT THE FLAVOR … IS IT THE BUZZ – WAS IT SNEAKY MARKETING TACTICS TARGETING OUR TEENS. I WANTED TO GET SOME OF THOSE ANSWERS FROM THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES. I SAT DOWN WITH A GROUP OF LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS – WE’LL HEAR WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY TOMORROW NIGHT ON THE 7 ON 8. 3 3 MARLEE:..WE CHECKED IN WITH VAPE SHOP OWNERS TO SEE IF THEY’VE PULLED THE STUFF FROM THEM SHELVES. EVERYONE WE ENCOUNTERED DID…BUT THEY’RE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.IN FACT– THERE ARE LAWSUITS OUT TO GET THE BAN OVERTURNED.WE ALSO CHECK IN WITH POLICE– WHO SAY RIGHT NOW THEY’RE WORKING WITH VAPE STORE OWNERS ON EDUCATION– RATHER THAN ARRESTS.

5 comments

  1. That’s stupid how can they do that it’s not easy to stop .

    I don’t do it but I have some friends that do .

  2. Maybe they should not have used ILLEGAL THC pods/carts of the f'in street. Smoking is more ADDICTIVE than vaping. There's more addictive chemicals in cigs

  3. Not the flavor.
    We have flavor in europe and no teen vaping problem.
    Ban Juul from big tabacco 60mg nicotine.
    Why so mutch? Hook people.
    We have 20mg max in europe.

  4. What you sying.
    Addicts and the don't quit if you ban all the stuff.
    Getting it from the black market or smoking normal cigarets

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