• July 9, 2020

New Missouri Study Shows Decrease in Teen Vaping

Credit: Christy Ash

A new student study in Missouri shows a decrease in teen e-cigarette use. The news was a welcome message to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department

“Our tag line is saving one breath at a time,” said Springfield-Greene County Community Wellness Coordinator, Cara Erwin. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says students in the county are taking that message seriously, according to a story on KY3.com.

“In 2020 it showed that e-cigarette use went down twenty percent from 2018,” said Erwin, adding that the data comes from the students. “Missouri Student Survey is conducted once a year. It’s a survey where students are surveyed on their behaviors and perceptions on substance abuse.”

Erwin said three main components are the reason it went down in Greene County. The age being raised to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes, the lung related illnesses from e-cigarettes and the health department’s education seminars on the dangers of smoking.