House Bill 58 is one of many bills trying to reduce the use of e-cigarettes and vaping among Utah youth.


Summit County

Fourteen South Summit School District football players have been disciplined for using vape products on school buses while traveling to and from football games. Although the Wildcats were the 2018 state champions, it’s a little tougher to get enough players on the field as a result of the incident.

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The National Institute of Health, in their annual study found sharp increases in teen vaping. Local school districts are arealso seeing higher usage of vape products amidst the growing concerns about the dangerous health effects.

In 2018 the NIH surveyed 44,000 students asking about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use in 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.  About 37% of 12th graders reported vaping in 2018, compared with 28% in 2017. Vaping of each substance that was asked about increased. This includes nicotine, flavored liquids, marijuana, and hash oil.

Summit County Health Department

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) today confirmed a Salt Lake County resident has died from a vaping-related lung injury. The individual was under the age of 30 and died at home without being hospitalized prior to their death. The UDOH Office of the Medical Examiner made the final determination as to the cause of death. Public health officials investigating the death have determined the individual vaped THC prior to their death. In order to protect the identity of the deceased resident, no further information will be released.

Summit County Health Department

The Summit County Board of Health voted in September to restrict the number of shops that sell tobacco products, based on population. Summit County Health Department Director Rich Bullough says the policy was particularly meant to address young people’s use of e-cigarettes and vaping.


Foreign Figures

Utah’s Attorney General, Sean Reyes will visit Park City High School on Monday, October 7 as part of state-wide campaign to curb suicide and drug use in teens. He’ll be accompanied by the indie pop band Foreign Figures as well as the inspirational speaker Nick Vujicic.  (Voo-yee- Cheech)

Summit County

Wasatch School District has installed vaping sensors in the bathrooms in the high school.  Both Wasatch district middle schools will have devices installed on Friday (tomorrow, or today). The effort is a result of a parent finding vaping devices in their child’s backpack.

Wasatch School District Communications Director, John Moss says the detectors were installed in the high school over the summer as a result of a grass roots effort by parents. They became alarmed upon learning of the widespread use of vape products by teens.

Teen Vaping Is An Epidemic

Jan 10, 2019
Summit County

The Food and Drug Administration and the surgeon general are calling the use of e-cigarettes, or vapes, among teenagers an “epidemic.”  One report shows teen vaping increasing almost 80 percent in the last year and claimed about 3.6 million middle and high school students vape on a regular basis.  Carolyn Murray has this report:

Utah Department of Health

With 2019 less than a week away many Wasatch Back residents are crafting New Year’s resolutions. A common one this time of year is a goal to quit smoking, a new initiative from the Utah Department of Health will mean more support for those who want to kick the habit.

Ryan Bartlett of the Utah Department of Health says that their new program trains businesses to provide resources to employees who want to quit.

E-Cigarette Use By Adolescents Has Doubled

Nov 30, 2018
Summit County Health Department

A state survey shows a dramatic drop in Utah Teens smoking traditional cigarettes. However, the use of e cigarette products by youth has had an upswing. Summit County health officials are concerned about the effects these chemicals may have on people long term. Carolyn Murray has this:

Utah Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health recently released the 2017 Utah Adolescent Health Report. KPCW spoke with Summit County Health Department to gain insight from the report.

The 2017 Utah Adolescent Health Report was released in October and looks at the wellbeing of youth in the state. Summit County Mental Health Director Aaron Newman points out that Summit County’s numbers had some variation from the state.

Although more and more young people in our area use electronic cigarettes, the Summit County Health Department wants them to know that vaping is not a safe alternative to tobacco, as Rick Brough tells us: