Dr. Ryan Van Ramshorst: E-Cigarettes Must be Regulated - 06/17/2016
We are concerned that e-cigarette users risk progression to other forms of tobacco use. And we, as a state, are quite aware of the harmful effects of tobacco use, with higher rates of death attributable to smoking – 273 per 100,000 – than the rest of the United States. Despite major progress, Texas still has a ways to go to reduce the use of tobacco by youth. For instance, 14.1 percent of high school students still smoke, and 24,200 kids become new smokers each year. We need to do all we can to limit youth from starting down the road toward addiction.