AP and MPR: MN health officials: Big jump in 11th graders who say they’ve vaped

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EXCERPT: “One in 4 Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days, and Minnesota youth are poorly informed about the potential health risks of vaping…The data from this year’s Minnesota Student Survey is likely to heighten concerns over the increase in vaping among children…The latest data, released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health, represents a 54 percent increase from the 2016 student survey that found 17 percent of 11th graders reporting they vaped…In a statement, the Health Department said jump among eighth graders is even more significant — from 5.7 percent in 2016 reporting they used an e-cigarette in the past month, to 11 percent this year…In response, Gov. Tim Walz directed his administration to launch an aggressive outreach campaign to schools as they struggle with vaping among students, and to come up with policy proposals for the 2020 Legislature to combat youth vaping. ‘Vaping is a public health crisis for young Minnesotans, and it is critical that we act now to bring the rate down,’ Walz said in a statement.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2oCHRhS