A Virginia health expert is heeding the call of U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who issued a report Thursday calling for more research on vaping’s health effects, and like Murthy, he believes that there is a need for stronger education efforts to curb teen use of vapor products.
Murthy has called vaping among the country’s youth as being “a major public health concern”, and that people should not be quick to believe claims that vapor products are safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Ron Cople, the Shenandoah Valley heath expert, agrees, and has been visiting schools throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in Virginia to educate students on the dangers of tobacco use and nicotine addiction, according to WHSV News.
“As we are trying to slay one dragon — the big, bad tobacco monster — and making really great headway, now we’ve gotten this new thing invading these young lives that […] they’re putting in their body and becoming addicted to,” said Cople, who is a respiratory therapist at Sentara RMH.
During his many school visits, Cople says that there are misconceptions among middle school students over the safety of electronic cigarette products, and that concerns him.
“A majority of students always say, ‘isn’t it just harmless water vapor?’ — which is exactly what the industry would like kids to believe.”
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