E-cigarette usage among teens rises - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

E-cigarette usage among teens rises

Posted: Updated:

MARION, Ill. -- Kids are using electronic cigarettes more and more.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports a large spike in the number of teens using vaping devices from 2011 to 2015, an issue lawmakers and doctors want to address.

Dr. Ronald Chediak, a pediatrician at Heartland Regional Medical Center, said it's difficult for him to quantify just how bad the problem is locally.

"It's hard for me to know the exact prevalence (of vaping devices) because many of them don't talk to me about it because they don't want me to talk to them about it," Chediak said.

But he's confident the numbers in southern Illinois mirror the national numbers to a certain extent, and he finds that alarming.

"This really gets a foot in the door in teenagers for addictive behaviors," Chediak said. "And one addictive behavior leads to another and we don't need that in our children."

He says teens often justify using e-cigarettes because they're not as dangerous as regular cigarettes-- but the jury is still out on their impact.  

"Think about how long it took to know about the health consequences of cigarette smoking?"

Chediak said there's other chemicals in vaping devices that could cause harm and companies that make them aren't regulated by the FDA yet.

"You don't know what you're getting and if it's going to match what's on the label," Chediak said.

The FDA is moving closer to regulation, but not for at least another four years.

Chediak wants that process to speed up, comparing the rise in e-cigarette use to the opioid epidemic.

"People want to feel good, and they're willing to ignore the long-term consequences and possibilities of addiction," Chediak said.

And he said it's better to just avoid vaping devices altogether.

The Illinois Senate passed a bill raising the smoking age to 21, including e-cigarettes. The House has not voted on the bill yet.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Locals give heroes welcome to honor flight veterans

    Locals give heroes welcome to honor flight veterans

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-10-17 04:10:49 GMT

    MARION, Ill -- An estimated 3,000 supporters attended the Welcome Home celebration at Veterans Airport Tuesday. When participants arrived back from a full day of touring war memorials in Washington D.C., they were greeted by locals waving American flags and homemade banners.  

    MARION, Ill -- An estimated 3,000 supporters attended the Welcome Home celebration at Veterans Airport Tuesday. When participants arrived back from a full day of touring war memorials in Washington D.C., they were greeted by locals waving American flags and homemade banners.  

  • New Madrid Fault: A look at early earthquake warning

    New Madrid Fault: A look at early earthquake warning

    Wednesday, October 17 2018 12:06 AM EDT2018-10-17 04:06:15 GMT

    WSIL -- We're all familiar with warnings for weather, but what about earthquakes? It's a natural disaster that's much more damaging and wide reaching with a storied history in our area. Scientists estimate the probability of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake along the New Madrid Fault in the next 50 years at 28-46 percent. 

    WSIL -- We're all familiar with warnings for weather, but what about earthquakes? It's a natural disaster that's much more damaging and wide reaching with a storied history in our area. Scientists estimate the probability of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake along the New Madrid Fault in the next 50 years at 28-46 percent. 

  • Redbird Machinery Repair Offers Nearly 100 Jobs

    Redbird Machinery Repair Offers Nearly 100 Jobs

    Tuesday, October 16 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-10-16 22:58:30 GMT

    ELDORADO, IL-- Redbird Machinery Repair is hiring for multiple full time positions. They're hoping to fill dozens of coal mining jobs throughout Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Indiana. Israel Burtis, Human Resource said, "There's a fast demand in the coal mines for coal miners right now and coal mines are continuing to grow back again." 

    ELDORADO, IL-- Redbird Machinery Repair is hiring for multiple full time positions. They're hoping to fill dozens of coal mining jobs throughout Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, and Indiana. Israel Burtis, Human Resource said, "There's a fast demand in the coal mines for coal miners right now and coal mines are continuing to grow back again." 

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Slideshows
loading...
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WSIL. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.