Letters to the Editor 8-21-19

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Vaping is most pervasive threat to children’s health, safety

Dear Editor,

Kudos to you for publishing the op-ed by Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. Quoting Dr. Sabet, “…vaping is rapidly becoming the latest public health crisis – delivering harmful, addictive substances to kids, some as young as middle school, undetected.”

He further stated that “A 2017 study out of California found 11th- and 12th-graders who had used e-cigarettes had twice the risk of ongoing cough, congestion, wheezing or developing bronchitis. This means health problems now and continued consequences down the road.”  He added, “In Anchorage, Alaska, school suspensions for marijuana use and possession increased more than 141% from 2015 (when legalization was implemented) to 2017. Tragically, Colorado toxicology reports show the percentage of adolescent suicide victims testing positive for marijuana continues to increase.”

Until our lawmakers make a change, parents and educators need to be educated about the dangers of adolescent marijuana use and the signs of vaping. They may find children in possession of vaping paraphernalia, like pen-shaped devices that look like flash drives.

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