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Calls for more tobacco prevention funds

Posted at 6:48 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 06:48:56-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- A new report released by the American Lung Association shows Florida lawmakers are failing when it comes to tobacco prevention.

The latest “State of Tobacco Control” report gives the state an "F" when it comes to tobacco funding. It suggests not enough is being done on a state and federal level to lower tobacco use, especially with e-cigarettes.

This follows some growing and alarming numbers when it comes to the vaping epidemic among kids. That number has climbed to nearly 30%, or more than one in four high school students.

This new report calls for more funding for tobacco prevention and quit smoking programs, plus regulation of e-cigarettes as tobacco products.

One major change the report calls for is to up the minimum ages to buy e-cigarettes to 21.