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Missouri governor launches vaping awareness campaign

Mike Parson vaping press conference
ABC 17 News
Gov. Mike Parson, center, is flanked by state officials as he unveils the state's vaping awareness campaign aimed at youth on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Gov. Mike Parson held a press conference to launch his vaping awareness campaign on Monday.

In October, Parson signed an executive order for the "Clear the Air: The Risks of Youth Vaping" public awareness campaign.

Video of the news conference is available in the player below.

The campaign will be a coordinated effort between the departments of elementary and Secondary Education, Health and Human Services and Public Safety. It is aimed at educating, warning and deterring the use of vaping devices among Missouri's youth.

“One of the most important responsibilities I have as Governor is to protect the health and well-being of our future generations. Vaping is truly an epidemic among our youth, and we must take action now to educate them about the potential risks of these products,” Governor Parson said. “Over the last 30 days, DHSS, DESE, and DPS have worked hard to develop this campaign, and we appreciate their team effort to bring awareness to the dangers of youth vaping and ensure a healthy public now and in the future.”

Since Friday, the governor's office reports there have been 35 cases of lung injury linked to vaping, including two deaths. The majority of those cases are in people ages 15 to 24.

The campaign published a website that includes various varing-related statistics and facts.

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Brittany Wiley

Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.

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  1. With the non-stop media frenzy, why is this unelected governor spending tax dollars on this? Reeks of publicity seeking.

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