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Society urges action on bills designed to reduce youth vaping, tobacco, nicotine use

The Wisconsin Medical Society supports Tobacco 21: AB 422/SB 364 and Prohibition on Vaping Sales to Minors: AB 65/SB 73. Both bills are designed to reduce cigarette, tobacco, nicotine and vapor product use among youth.

Wisconsin physicians have brought to light dozens of recent hospitalizations and an increasing number of deaths directly linked to vaping. The rise of e-cigarette use by minors reverses a decades-long trend in decreasing youth rates of smoking.

“The dramatic increase in youth vaping has our members very concerned. I think flavored pods exacerbate the problem by making a dangerous tobacco product more appealing, especially to younger people,” said Society CEO Clyde “Bud” Chumbley, MD, MBA. “There are two acceptable bills stuck in the legislative gridlock right now. We need our lawmakers to take action to address this crisis before more young people are harmed.”

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