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Vaping on the rise among teens in Lane County, officials say

Health officials said vaping use is lighting up in the area.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 6:05 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 6:07 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Vaping among kids in the county is above state and national averages, Lane County officials said.

Health officials said vaping use is lighting up in the area. They said nearly 14 percent of juniors have vaped, which is a 250 percent jump from 2013 to 2017. 

They said 8 percent of eighth graders use vaping products. Officials said that is up 230 percent, and it's double the national average for eighth graders.

Some vape pens have nicotine content that could be the equivalent of two to three cigarettes, health officials said.

The law in Oregon is that no one under the age of 21 years old can buy or use any products for smoking and vaping.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Eric Pinnell, the owner of Oregon Vape Society. He believes the data may be skewed but said he doesn’t want anyone under the legal age to use vaping products.

"Whether or not you think vaping, or smoking, doesn't matter,” Pinnell said. “They both contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Don't start an addiction when you're in eighth grade."

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