How high school students took on the vaping industry

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How high school students took on the vaping industry

Anthony Everett reports on all sides of the vaping debate. He also sits down with Governor Charlie Baker and a group of teens from Holbrook who mobilized to help change the law.


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ANTHONY: ACROSS THE NATION, VAPING USE AMONG TEENAGERS IS HIGH AND RISING. MORE THAN A QUARTER OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REPORTED KEY — CURRENT E-CIGARETTE USE RECENTLY. THAT IS MORE THAN 5 MILLION CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA AND IT HAS DOUBLED THE PERCENTAGE FROM 2016. >> WHEN WE SEE A VERY LOW LEVEL OF USE OF COMBUSTED TOBACCO AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IN A COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAVE A QUARTER OF ALL HIGH SCHOOL KIDS CURRENTLY VAPING, THAT IS AN EPIDEMIC. ANTHONY: VAPING AMONG STUDENTS AT HOLBROOK MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL IS A CONCERN FOR THE PRINCIPAL. >> I HAVEN’T SEEN A CHILD WITH A CIGARETTE IN SOME TIME. IT WAS REPLACED BY VAPES. THESE KIDS KNOW THE DANGERS OF CIGARETTE SMOKING, BUT THEY DIDN’T THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING DANGEROUS ABOUT VAPING. I HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH PARENTS IN THE PAST THAT PURCHASED THE DEVICES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. NOW I BELIEVE PARENTS ARE MORE EDUCATED AND UNDERSTAND THE RISKS ASSOCIATED, THE ADDICTION ASSOCIATED. ANTHONY: IN MASSACHUSETTS, A STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH STUDY FOUND HALF OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN 2019 REPORTED USING VAPING PRODUCTS. >> I HAVE FRIENDS AND NO PEOPLE AND PEOPLE I HAVE GONE TO SCHOOL WITH ALL VAPE. >> I DIDN’T WANT TO GO TO THE BATHROOM AS OFTEN SO I WOULDN’T HAVE TO WALK INTO A BIG CLOUD OF JUUL. >> I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME NEXT SICK. A COUPLE DAYS OF NOT USING, THEY BECOME SICK AND FEEL PHYSICALLY ILL BECAUSE OF IT LIKE WITHDRAWALS. ANTHONY: DR. JONATHAN IS A PEDIATRICIAN AT MASS GENERAL HOSPITAL AND PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRIC MEDICINE. INITIALLY HE WAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT VAPING FOR ADULT SMOKERS. >> I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP PEOPLE GET OFF OF REGULAR CIGARETTES. AND THEN WHAT I SAW WAS AN EPIDEMIC OF KIDS USING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES AND GETTING INTO TROUBLE WITH ILLNESSES RELATED TO THEIR VAPING. ANTHONY: HE HAS SEEN CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS 12 VAPE. >> THIS IS REALLY RAPID, REALLY STRONG AND IT IS ONE THAT IS VERY HARD TO BREAK. I HAVE SEEN KIDS WHO WERE VARSITY ATHLETES WHO HAD STARTED VAPING. THEIR ENDURANCE GOES DOWN AND THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEM. >> I LIKE HOW YOU SAID IN 10 YEARS YOU WON’T REMEMBER THE CRITICISM. ANTHONY: IN HOLBROOK A GROUP OF STUDENTS TOOK ACTION TO CURB THINKING — CURB VAPING. WORKING TO GET LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BAN FAVORED PRODUCTS THAT TARGET CHILDREN. >> WE PUT OUR VOICE INTO WHAT HE WAS GIVING OFF TO THE REST OF THE SENATE. TALKING OF THE DANGERS IS HOW — OF HOW WE ARE NOT SURE OF THE THINGS IN THESE PRODUCTS, NOT SURE OF THE LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM EFFECTS AND HOW IT BLEW UP AND SPREAD AND BECOME PROMINENT. ANTHONY: PREVENTING ANY KIND OF ADDICTION IS PERSONAL FOR SENATOR KAINE AND. >> THERE IS A FAMILY HISTORY OF ADDICTION. MY FATHER STRUGGLED WITH ALCOHOLISM. I KNOW ADDICTION CAN WREAK HAVOC IN FAMILIES AND WITH INDIVIDUALS, SOMETHING I TAKE TO MY CORE. ANTHONY: THIS SENIOR SAID SHE HAS RECEIVED PUSHBACK FROM ADULTS FOR WORKING TO BAN FLAVORS. >> MOSTLY ADULTS. THEY RECOGNIZE ME AND SAY YOU ARE THE GIRL WHO TOOK AWAY MY VAPE. ONE OF THE MAIN CRITICISMS IS THAT I AM A TEENAGER AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT AND I AM A PUPPET IN SENATOR KAINE IN — KEENAN’S PLAN. ANTHONY: HER RESPONSE? >> THAT WAS KIND OF THE IDEA BECAUSE I HAVE HAD A BUNCH OF PEOPLE SAY, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. NOW I MIGHT QUIT BECAUSE I KNOW LONGER HAVE THE — I NO LONGER HAVE THE FLAVORS. ANTHONY: GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER SIGNED NEW RESTRICTIONS INTO LAW. >> THESE KIDS ARE DOING WHAT WE WANT EVERY CITIZEN TO DO, TO STAND UP AND COMMENT ABOUT SOMETHING THEY THINK IS A PROBLEM. ANTHONY: LIMITING YOUTH ACCESS TO VAPING PROBLEMS WAS ONE OF THE MAIN GOALS FOR SUPPORTERS. THE COMMISSIONER DR. MONICA BURRELL SAYS NICOTINE ISN’T HARMLESS ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN. >> ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IN YOUNG PEOPLE IS WE KNOW THAT THE BRAIN CONTINUES TO DEVELOP INTO OUR 20’S. NICOTINE IMPACTS BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. LONG-LASTING LIFE IMPACTS ON YOUNG PEOPLE. OUR GOAL IS TO PREVENT ANOTHER GENERATION TO BECOME ADDICTED TO NICOTINE. SHAYNA: AND THE HOLBROOK HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR YOU HEARD FROM SAYS SHE FEELS TARGETED BY ADS PROMOTING VAPING ON INSTAGRAM AND SNAPCHAT. ANTHONY: AND THE PRINCIPAL SAYS SHE HAS SEEN A DECLINE IN VAPING AT THEIR SCHOOL AND BELIEVES IT IS THE RESULT OF EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF VAPING IN ADDITION TO THE FLAVOR

How high school students took on the vaping industry

Anthony Everett reports on all sides of the vaping debate. He also sits down with Governor Charlie Baker and a group of teens from Holbrook who mobilized to help change the law.


The civics club at Holbrook Middle-High School worked alongside Senator John F. Keenan to help curb vaping.

The civics club at Holbrook Middle-High School worked alongside Senator John F. Keenan to help curb vaping.

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