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It takes a village to educate our students about health risks involved with teen nicotine use (letter)

I am writing in response to (Sawyer) D'Argonne's article ("Vaping on the rise," Monday, Aug. 6) that provided data on the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers, which has more than tripled from 2013 to 2014. Current findings show that e-cigarette use has increased from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 among high school students and from 1.1 percent to 3.9 percent among middle school students.

According to this article, it might be a result of youth not realizing the health risks involved with e-cigarettes. Current e-cigarette use among youth has surpassed current use of every other tobacco product overall.

It is our responsibility as a community, and in our school systems, to educate youth about the dangers of smoking e-cigarettes. Local high and middle schools should incorporate e-cigarette education as part of their health courses.

On Aug. 8, 2016, the Food & Drug Administration finalized a rule to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The new regulation prohibits the sales of e-cigarettes to individuals younger than 18 years old.

However, even with the new FDA regulations of e-cigarettes, it is the responsibility of Colorado's teachers and family members with young adults to provide education about the harms of tobacco use in the form of e-cigarettes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado youth are "vaping" nicotine products at twice the national average. Therefore, it is especially important to provide education to our students in Colorado.

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As a small community, everyone in Eagle County should be responsible for sharing education about the health risks involved with teen nicotine use.

Courtney Bennett

Eagle