State leaders to meet to address teen smoking

In this Monday, June 17, 2019, photo, Joshua Ni, 24, and Fritz Ramirez, 23, vape from electronic cigarettes in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Thursday afternoon, we'll get a better idea of teen smoking in Indiana and what state leaders are going to do to address the problem.

While cigarette smoking among teens has been down nationwide, vaping and e-cigarettes usage is surging.

Nationwide numbers tell an alarming story: in 2017, more than 11 percent of high school students said they used e-cigarettes.

Those numbers skyrocketed to almost 21 percent just one year later.

The problem is particularly alarming given how teenagers react differently to nicotine compared to adults.

In their developing bodies, nicotine can create mood changes and cause severe damage to the heart and lungs.

Juul is one of the largest e-cigarette makers and is facing several lawsuits, including one from a Carmel family who claims they market specifically to teenagers.

Past Indiana statistics indicate more than 3,700 Indiana teenagers will try smoking this year.

Governor Eric Holcomb and top health officials will address those concerns and what they'll do to fix the problem Thursday at 2 p.m.