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Gov. Evers calls for legislative action to curb youth vaping

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Updated: 11:20 a.m. on January 20, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Governor Evers spoke about his decision to set out an agenda in regard to combating youth vaping.

His plan includes introducing a series of bills and guidelines for public health agencies. 

"It's an area that's really important to me personally as a father and grandfather," Evers said Monday.

He's calling on the legislature to pass a series of bills that would include banning vaping products on K-12 campuses and encouraging public health officials to strengthen partnerships with local schools.

"Vaping is something that has taken some lives in this country," He said. "And we want to make sure that we have all the pieces in place to make sure that we're taking care of it and making sure it is regulated in a fair and effective way."

Evers said he is confident some of his proposed bills will get passed.

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Posted: 4:37 p.m. on January 19, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP/CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday he wants state lawmakers to pass a package of bills aimed at curbing youth vaping and educating the public about vaping's potential dangers.

The Democratic governor is requesting bill that would ban vaping and vapor products on K-12 campuses and expand the definition of public health emergencies.

Another bill would fund a public health campaign to address youth vaping.

The governor's office outlined his proposals in a press release Sunday. 

The governor's office said vaping products pose serious health risks to young users because the nicotine contained in e-cigarettes can harm parts of the brain that control attention and learning. 

Gov. Evers has directed the Departments of Health Services, Revenue, and Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to do the following:

The Department of Health Services will:

  • Continue its robust collaboration with hospitals and other healthcare providers to investigate vaping-related diseases and identify and prevent new cases of dangerous and life-threatening vaping-related diseases.
  • Bolster partnerships with the Department of Public Instruction and local school districts to develop, implement, and enforce tobacco-free policies and train educators to identify the different types of e-cigarettes and the risks that e-cigarettes pose to youth.
  • Implement a public health campaign to inform parents about the different types of e-cigarettes, the risks that all types of e-cigarettes pose to youth, and strategies to work with their children to reduce e-cigarette exposure or eliminate its use.
  • Develop and implement an outreach strategy to work with healthcare providers, pediatricians, and family physicians to identify and properly warn youth about the risks of using e-cigarettes during standard patient visits.
  • Assess the effectiveness of various local, regional, and state-level cessation and tobacco prevention programming and target grant funding to advance high impact solutions to reducing youth e-cigarette use.

The Department of Revenue will:

  • Explore ways to strengthen the enforcement of laws pertaining to vapor product excise taxes and tax fraud

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection will:

  • Issue a consumer alert to inform individuals of potential risks and hazards associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vapor products by youth.
  • Update consumer protection information and webpages to include information on reporting suspicious business activity related to the illicit sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to youth.
  • Share consumer protection and product safety information, tools, and inspection methods with local agencies and organizations interested in preventing manipulative advertising and scams targeting youth and reporting illicit e-cigarette and vapor product sales to youth.
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