On Thursday, December 6th, Volition Franklin Youth FACT group met with Representative Jessie Rodriguez to share the work they have been doing, specifically around youth tobacco and vape use.
Students explained how cigarillos and e-juice are flavored and packaged like candy. The group passed around the “tobacco tricks not treats” display board with flavored tobacco and vape products that look and taste like candy. They also passed around our sample vape box products and showed Representative Rodriguez what the JUUL vape looks like and Slushie and coffee flavored vape juices.
The group also talked about trends students see in school. Almost 9 in 10 cigarette smokers tried smoking before they were 18 years old. Today, almost 75% of high-school aged youth using tobacco products reported using a flavored tobacco product.