Vaping Summit Aims to Educate Mississippians on Dangers

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FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV) – Enrich MS, a local nonprofit organization and youth education program, held a Vaping Summit on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Jackson Preparatory School in Flowood.  The purpose of the summit is to increase awareness and share resources that address the vaping epidemic. 

According to the Mississippi Department of Health, there have been 2,711 hospitalized cases of vaping-related lung illness reported from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands). Sixty deaths have been reported from 27 states and the District of Columbia.

“Tobacco products in general, whatever their form, are not good for us,” Dr. Tom Payne with UMMC said. “All of them carry significant risk with them and if you are already using one and you wanna stop vaping is unlikely to be helpful. In fact, it may increase risk. The best thing to do is use the evidence based procedures that we already know help people quit which are the medications that are available and counseling support.”

“Vaping among our high school students has basically almost doubled in the last year,” Dr. Robert McMillen with Mississippi State University said. “Vaping is going to continue to be a problem until we get some policy around it to make the products less appealing to adolescents.”

“A lot of people don’t know, they think it’s not gonna hurt them, things like that, when really it can do just as much harm if not more than cigarettes,” Hali Hollman, a student volunteer with Enrich MS said.

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