ODH Announces Initiatives to Educate Youth and Parents About Vaping Dangers

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, announced new initiatives to prevent and reduce youth vaping. State and local public health officials in Ohio have confirmed that 10 reports of severe pulmonary illness after vaping are likely due to vaping and are investigating an additional 14 reports of illness. The new initiatives include Letter to Ohio school districts encouraging them, in their school policies, to prohibit the use of vaping products and to warn school administrators, teachers, parents, and students about the dangers of vaping and where to get free help to quit, investment of approximately $3.3 million to develop and promote a set of tools and resources, and Investment of approximately $800,000 in public education campaigns targeting youth and their parents about vaping, as well as Ohio’s new law prohibiting the sale of tobacco, including vaping products, to individuals younger than 21.

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