The Ohio Department of Health on Sept. 10 announced it is spending $4.1 million over two years to increase education about e-cigarettes and provide communities with resources to help curb their use. The department also reported 13 cases of severe lung illnesses in the state are likely due to vaping, with 14 additional cases being investigated as part of a nationwide outbreak.
The state plans to spend $3.3 million to create and promote resources for community groups and organizations to educate youths and others about the risks of vaping and ways to curb e-cigarette use. Another $800,000 will go to public education campaigns targeted at youths and parents on vaping and the statewide Tobacco 21 law taking effect on Oct. 17.
The state also intends to send a letter to Ohio school districts encouraging them to implement policies prohibiting vaping products and advising administrators, teachers, parents and students about vaping risks and where to find free help to quit.
Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Ohio health director, said the vaping industry is targeting the next generation for nicotine addiction, and addressing vaping is a number one issue for her and Gov. Mike DeWine.