A new survey says one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, a 54% increase from the same survey in 2016. The Minnesota Student Survey was conducted before the nationwide surge in lung illnesses blamed on vaping. In response, Gov. Tim Walz directed his administration to launch an aggressive outreach campaign to schools and to come up with policy proposals for the 2020 Legislature. Some legislative options that Walz’s administration is already considering include calling for a ban on flavored tobacco products as well as raising the tobacco-buying age to 21 statewide.
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