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AGE TO PURCHASE BOTH TOBACCO AND VAPING DEVICES FROM 18 TO 21 ONE IN FIVE WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOLERS USE E-CIGARETTE TOBACCO PRODUCTS

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASED A NEW VIDEO TODAYWARNING OF THE DANGERS THE HEALTH RISKS OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE RELATIVELY NEW AND UNKNOWN NEWS 19S MARCUS AARSVOLD JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT LA CROSSE COUNTY'S NEW VIDEO THAT HOPES TO STOP KIDS FROM BUYING THESE PRODUCTS EIGHTY-NINE PERCENT OF THOSE E-CIG USERS SAY THEY WOULD NOT USE UNFLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS THESE FLAVORS MAKE THE SMOKE TASTE AND SMELL GOOD SOMETHING THAT TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE

— E-CIGARETTE TOBACCO COMES IN OVER 15-THOUSAND DIFFERENT FLAVORS KATE OTTOW: "THE BIGGEST THING THAT SURPRISED ME WAS THE AMOUNT OF FLAVORINGS THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF FLAVORS AND ALSO HOW MANY DIFFERENT PRODUCTS THERE ARE" E-CIG FLAVORS COME IN A VARIETY OF CANDY JUICE OR EVEN ICE CREAM

THEY'RE A NEW TOOL FOR THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY KATE OTTOW: "THEY'RE BEING MARKETED TOWARDS THE YOUTH WITH ALL OF THEIR FLAVORINGS AND THEIR SLEEK AND TECHY DESIGNS

SO THEY'RE THE ONES THAT ARE SEEING IT" THE LA CROSSE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS WORKING TO COUNTER E-CIG PRODUCTION WITH A TOBACCO AWARENESS VIDEO THAT FOCUSES ON STARTING THE CONVERSATION WITH KIDS AT AN EARLY AGE JUDI ZABEL: "WE REALLY WANT THEM TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WHETHER IT'S IN THE CAR OR IN THE HOME OR WHILE THEY'RE LISTENING TO MUSIC OR WATCHING A TELEVISION SHOW WHERE VAPING IS OCCURRING WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE HAVING THAT DIALOGUE AND EXCHANGING ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT VAPING AND E-CIGARRETTE IS" CONVERSATIONS WITH KIDS SHOULD START AS EARLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

AN AGE WHERE LA CROSSE COUNTY SAYS KIDS MIGHT START EXPERIMENTING WITH E-CIGARETTE TOBACCO PRODUCTS JUDI ZABEL: "WE SHOULD BE HAVING THOSE TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WHEN KIDS ARE EXPERIMENTING AND THAT'S AS YOUNG AS THIRD OR NINE OR TEN YEARS OLD" STARTING THE CONVERSATION EARLY TO AVOID ANY UNKNOWN FUTURE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES

— LA CROSSE COUNTY SAYS THAT FORTY PERCENT OF THE HIGH SCHOOLERS WHO USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS WANT TO QUIT ALTOGETHER HOWEVER ONCE THEY START IT'S A HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PRODUCT

THANKS MARCUS LA CROSSE COUNTY ALSO SAYS THAT FROM 2014 TO 2018 E-CIGARETTE USE INCREASED BY ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY- FOUR-PERCENT — LET'S GET A CHECK OF THE WEATHER DAN BREEDEN HAS OUR FIRST FORECAST