Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 2/12/2019 Did you know? Current e-cigarette use, also known as vaping and Juuling, increased considerably among U.S. middle and high school students during 2017–2018. According to the most recent information from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among high school students nearly doubled from 12% in 2017 to 21% in 2018. Although e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit adult smokers if used as a complete substitute for combustible tobacco smoking, the use of any form of tobacco product among youth, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. In 2018, the Surgeon General declared e-cigarette use and vaping among youth an epidemic because of the potential for nicotine addiction and other associated health risks caused by e-cigarettes. Additionally, e-cigarette devices are often used to deliver marijuana and other drugs to the user. Wisconsin State Statute makes it illegal for retailers to sell e-cigarettes with nicotine to anyone under the age of 18 years old. It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or possess e-cigarettes with nicotine. While Wisconsin has a Clean Indoor Air law which bans smoking in all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants, e-cigarette use/vaping is exempt from this law. Some local governments, including Milwaukee, have passed laws prohibiting e-cigarette use in enclosed workplaces. Learn more about e-cigarettes and youth at: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/ Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.