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The percentage of middle school students in Kentucky using electronic cigarettes and other vaping products has doubled since 2017. 

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey conducted last spring shows the rate of vaping increased from 15.1% in 2017, to 31.4% in 2019.  High school students saw a nine percent jump in the same time period. 

"The Department for Public Health is really working to provide resources to schools and communities to do what we can to prevent students from using these products and to get them to quit using them," said Stephanie Bungee, a school health consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education.

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A group of Cincinnati area high school students are producing a PSA to discourage middle schoolers from vaping.

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With vaping rates quadrupling among Kentucky teens, the Coalition for A Smoke-Free Tomorrow is holding a news conference and rally Tuesday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

As vaping has grown more popular in recent years, the trend has been fueled by the habit's pleasurable allure: Compared with smoking cigarettes or pot, vaping is discreet and less smelly. Vaping fluids come in hundreds of flavors. There's no tar or other byproducts of burning. And vape pens are high-tech, customizable and sleek.

On the very day a new excise tax on vapor products went into effect, hundreds gathered for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine called for new changes. 

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A Cincinnati nonprofit wants young people's help educating their peers about the risks of vaping.

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The mysterious cases seem to have started in April. Patients showing up in emergency rooms with chest pain and trouble breathing. Some of them went into acute respiratory failure. What started with dozens of cases is now hundreds nationwide and doctors are beginning to ask each patient if they've been vaping.

An estimated 21 percent of Hoosiers smoke – one of the highest smoking rates in the country. 

But of the nine bills related to smoking, cigarettes, and e-liquids introduced at the Statehouse this session, only two are moving forward. 

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A new study finds vaping of e-cigarettes among teens is up dramatically. The survey of substance use among high school students shows 21 percent of seniors have recently vaped, compared to 11 percent just a year prior.