New Cases Show that Lung Disease Linked to Vaping in Texas


SYDNEY:THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN
200 CASES OF SEVERE LUNG
DISEASE LINKED TO VAPING IN
TEXAS.THE STATE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT RELEASED NEW
NUMBERS
TODAY.25 OF THE CASES ARE IN
CENTRAL TEXAS.KXA'S STEFFI
LEE REPORTS -- THIS INCREASE
COMES AS STATE LEGISLATORS
WORK TO IDENTIFY THE MAIN
CHALLENGES IN PREVENTING YOUTH
VAPING.
SEN. KOLKHORST "YOU LOOK AT
THE # OF YOUNG STUDENTS IN HS
- HAS TO BE ALARMING"STEFFI:
ALARMING AND ALSO HARD TO
PROVE THE NUMBE'S ACCURATE.
STEFFI: THA'S ACCORDING TO
TESTIMONY LAWMAKERS HEARD
TUESDAY.ERIC MULLENS "WITH
THE VAPING, A KID CAN ACTUALLY
JUST KIND OF GO TO THE SIDE,
TAKE A PUFF, AND HE AND SHE
CAN BE VERY CREATIVE IN HOW
THEY BLOW IT OUT SOMETIMES
THEY CAN YAWN OR COVER IT WITH
THEIR CLOTHING - SO I'S VERY
EASY TO HIDE."STEFFI: TEXAS
STATE SOPHOMORE KELLEN KRUK IS
ON THE STATEWIDE YOUTH TOBACCO
PREVENTION COALITION.STEFFI:
HIS CHALLENGE - GETTING OTHER
STUDENTS TO LISTEN TO THE
RISKS.KELLEN KRUK, SOPHOMORE -
TEXAS STATE STUDENT "THE'RE
NOT REALLY PAYING ATTENTION TO
ALL THE FACTS AND STATISTICS
THAT I TRY TO GET TO THEM AND
THE'RE JUST NOT RECEPTIVE TO
IT."STEFFI: KEEPING E-
CIGARETTES OUT OF THE HANDS OF
YOUNG PEOPLE IS ALSO TRICKY.
THER'S NO STATEWIDE
LICENSING SYSTEM FOR
E-CIGARETTE SELLERS, LIKE
THERE IS FOR ALCOHOL OR
TOBACCO.JOSHUA THIGPEN,
COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
"TAXPAYERS WHO SELL E
CIGARETTES DO NOT HAVE ANY
PERMITTING REQUIREMENTS OTHER
THAN A SALES TAX PERMIT -
BECAUSE OF THIS - WE ARE
UNABLE TO IDENTIFY RETAILERS
WHO ONLY SELL E CIGARETTE
PRODUCTS TO CONDUCT OUR
COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS."JUSTIN
GIBSON, OWNER - VINTAGE VAPOR
"A BAD APPLE CAN SPOIL THE
BUNCH AND THA'S WHAT W'RE
SEEING HERE."STEFFI: VAPE SHOP
OWNER JUSTIN GIBSON HAS A
MESSAGE FOR STORES WHO DO
ILLEGALLY SELL TO MINORS.
JUSTIN GIBSON, OWNER - VINTAGE
VAPOR "STOP DOING IT -
YO'RE CREATING A BAD MESSAGE
- YO'RE CREATING A PROBLEM
FOR THE REST OF US IN THE
INDUSTRY WHO ARE DOING THIS TO
HELP OTHER PEOPLE."STEFFI LEE
KXAN NEWS
SYDNEY:LAST LEGISLATIVE
SESSION, A BILL PROPOSED WOULD
HAVE REQUIRED MANUFACTURERS,
DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS OF
E-CIGARETTES TO GET PERMITS
THROUGH THE HEALTH AND HUMAN
SERVICES COMMISSION.THAT
DID'T PASS BUT THE TEXAS
VAPOR COALITION SAYS IT WOULD
SUPPORT A SIMILAR MEASURE IN
THE FUTURE.
SYDNEY:A COUNTY IN CENTRAL
TEXAS IS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP
IN THE COUNTRY FOR EMPLOYMENT

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