Plymouth: Vaping Device Sales Skyrocketing Among Youth

The Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative met on Friday to learn of the skyrocketing sales of vaping devices to youngsters…

In her work with the Southeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, Kathleen Wilbur has seen the popularity of these devices increase dramatically:

“Youth are using these vaping products at nine times the rate that adults are using these vaping products—that’s for a lot of reasons. The industry, the tobacco industry that owns a lot of these vaping companies is really targeting youth.”

Wilbur says what’s important to know about vaping is that it contains high levels of nicotine:

“Nicotine is highly addictive. It can cause heart attack and stroke,  but the other important thing about nicotine, especially when it’s used at a young age, is that it changes the pathways in the brain—the addiction pathways—so it primes them to become more likely to become addictive to other substances later in life.”

Plymouth Public Health Director Dr. Nate Horwitz-Willis told the group that his department can propose new regulations:

“We can get together and devise a whole host of new regulations, one being that making sure that kids don’t get hold of these devices that use vaping to make laws 21 and up in the town.”

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Photo Credit: Bobbi Clark

Photo Credit: Bobbi Clark


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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.