Vaping Updates & Insights
An alarming rise in vaping-related illnesses and deaths continues to concern U.S. healthcare providers. Here, ACHI will provide updates and insights on this evolving issue that is impacting our state and our nation.
Arkansas Youth Vaping Summit:
ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson participated in a panel discussion at the Youth Vaping Summit at Bentonville High School in 2019. The event was the second of two vaping summits organized by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge; the first was held at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
See our blog for more about the Bentonville summit, including links to news coverage.
At a Glance:
- 27.5% of U.S. high school students are current e-cigarette users, according to the CDC
- 44% of Arkansas high school seniors reported having tried e-cigarettes, according to the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment (APNA) survey
- 7% of sixth graders in Arkansas have tried e-cigarettes at least once, according to APNA
- 22% of eighth graders in Arkansas have tried e-cigarettes at least once, according to APNA
From Our Blog:
ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson discusses the epidemic of teen vaping in Arkansas with host Zach Parker on ‘The Ghidotti Podcast.”
Vaping is a real and growing threat to our youth. ACHI is working with parents, school officials, policymakers, and clinicians to promote awareness of the public health risk that e-cigarettes pose to young people and options for addressing the problem. The American Public Health Association (APHA) shared this video at its 2019 annual conference to showcase the work of ACHI, with a focus on vaping.