After the tragic overdose deaths of two West Virginia teens using an e-cigarette device, there is widespread concern about the risks of these devices.
West Virginia Sen. Robert Beach, D-Monongalia, wrote a letter to Governor Justice asking him to issue an executive order declaring that a public health emergency exists with the potential dangers of e-cigarettes and other vape products.
Beach cited overdoses by two Morgantown High School students caused by vape pens loaded with marijuana and heroin and warnings from the CDC of lung disease caused by vaping.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found some evidence that e-cigarette use in young adults increases their frequency and amount of cigarette smoking in the future. In addition, one-third of U.S. middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes have reported using marijuana with the device. While the nicotine and lung-disease related risks of vaping are high, proportionally, the incidents of overdosing using an e-cigarette device are rare.
If you think vaping is a danger to West Virginia youth that the Governor and Legislature need to address, contact them and let your views be known.