I want to bring attention to the current increasing health concern affecting the youth. Vaping/Juuling usage is at an all time high among teens. This substitution for standard cigarettes by no means is safer.

This addiction to vaping nicotine happens within the first week of usage. The average teen that is vaping is using the equivalent of two to three packs of cigarettes a day.

In addition to nicotine, many other harmful substances are added to the cartridges. The difference between vaping and smoking cigarettes is that none of the chemicals are burned off during the vaping process (40 to 50 percent are burned off during smoking cigarettes.) Therefore, 100 percent of known cancer-causing chemicals are being inhaled with each vape.

A recent presentation was done for students and parents at Hibbing High School. The speaker from the American Lung Associates provided very eye-opening information regarding how prevalent vaping is among Northland teens.

Hermantown wisely has changed the legal age to obtain tobacco to 21 in effort to curtail teen vaping. I would like to see this community proceed in this direction.

This crucial information was brought to the community under the leadership of Activities Director Ms. Meghan Potter. As a member of the local medical community, I cannot thank Ms. Potter enough for the insight to this growing medical crisis.

Amy Hilde-Philips, M.D.

Pengilly

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