We are in the midst of a youth vaping epidemic. In Hawai‘i, one in three high school students and one in five middle school students report “current use” of e-cigarettes.
In order to combat this alarming trend, Hawai‘i must take swift action. We know what works to reduce youth tobacco use – we did it before with cigarettes. Comprehensive policies, as well as investments in tobacco prevention, education, and cessation programs, brought Hawaii’s adult and youth smoking rate to record lows. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel – by applying the same tobacco prevention and control policies to e-cigarettes, we can reverse the youth vaping epidemic.