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Colorado Healthy Kids Survey Shows Kids’ Increase in Vaping but not Pot Smoking in 2017

The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, administered by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and led by Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell, assistant professor of community and behavioral health at Colorado School of Public Health, is the preeminent resource for statistics on kids’ health in Colorado.

The latest release of the report shows kids in Colorado increased their usage of e-cigarettes in 2017.

“Vaping has replaced cigarettes as a way for underage youth to use nicotine,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). “Too many of our young people don’t realize the health risks involved.”

Their use of marijuana remains unchanged however, even though it increased for adults.

Regarding pot usage among kids the news release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said, “This discrepancy between perception and reality opens the door for our youth public education campaigns showing it is the norm for youth not to use, thus helping remove perceived pressure youth may feel from peers.”

[Photo: Vaping man holding a mod. A cloud of vapor.]