Focused on dangers and identifying solutions to the epidemic
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today hosted the first Youth Vaping Summit in the State, welcoming over 200 to Children’s Hall at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Monday. By partnering with Arkansas Children’s and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), participants received first-hand information on the health risks and long term dangers e-cigarettes and nicotine can have on children and teens.
“I often hear the misconception that vaping is safer than cigarettes for children and teens. That’s simply not true,” Attorney General Rutledge said. “I am grateful we could hear the scientific facts directly from the medical leaders in our State who see the negative impact nicotine has on our impressionable children and their future.”
Participants heard from a panel of physicians who spoke on the dangers of vaping and who have experience with the impacts of vaping on youth. They specifically addressed the damage caused to children’s lungs and overall health concerns triggered by e-cigarettes.
E-liquids are under regulated and can be cut with other dangerous products that consumers are unaware of, such as toxic THC. State Drug Director Kirk Lane spoke on the popular yet poisonous trend of using vape pods and e-cigarette devices to consume marijuana-based products.
Rutledge moderated a panel that included a lawmaker, consumer protection experts and school leaders who also discussed what can be done at the State level to help educate Arkansans on the risks of vaping, enforce the law and find solutions to better serve communities.
Prior to the Summit, General Rutledge announced a new initiative calling on e-commerce retailers including eBay, to be aware that selling tobacco products to Arkansans is against the law and can subject them to fines up to $10,000 per violation. There are additional penalties for products sold to children.
Rutledge will host the second Youth Vaping Summit at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 at Bentonville High School in northwest Arkansas. Seats are limited, but registration for the free event is available at ArkansasAG.gov/vape.
For more information about the dangers of vaping in children, please view Rutledge’s new public service announcement at ArkansasAG.gov.