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NC efforts to educate students on the dangers of vaping and how to quit


Editor's note: This segment originally aired Feb. 28, 2024.

E-cigarettes were first made widely available in 2011. By 2019, rates of e-cigarette use among high school students had risen to over 20 percent across North Carolina, and more than six percent of middle school students were using e-cigarettes

For years, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has worked to promote education and prevention efforts around e-cigarette – or vape – use.

Their youth tobacco survey released in 2022 found that 27 percent of high school and 20 percent of middle school tobacco users wanted to use a tobacco product within one hour of waking up, while 25 percent of high school and 33 percent of middle school users found it hard to get through the school day without vaping.

The state offers cessation programs, including Live Vape Free, to help mitigate the enduring challenges.


Kelly Kimple, Senior Medical Director for Health Promotion, Division of Public Health at NC Department of Health and Human Services

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
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