Hillsborough leaders to discuss teen vaping epidemic

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hillsborough County leaders will team up Thursday to talk about the teen vaping epidemic.

Sheriff Chad Chronister and Superintendent Jeff Eakins will speak about the issue at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

E-cigarettes aren’t allowed on Hillsborough County school campuses and if students are caught with the devices they can get in trouble.

The county will show off a public service announcement that showcases the issue and offers a warning to teens.

The Sheriff’s Office said around 25% of Florida high school students reported using vape pens in 2018. That’s a 58% increase compared to 2017.

“Children cannot vape for their long term health,” Floirda Attorney General Ashley Moody said earlier this month. “We have to educate them.”

8 On Your Side will have a crew at the announcement and provide updates all day long.

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