First Lady Melania Trump held a listening session with a group teenagers involved with the Truth Initiative in the White House’s Blue Room on Wednesday to discuss the impact of young vaping.
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The nine teens in attendance for the meeting range from the ages of 13 to 18 years old from different parts of the United States. Known as the Truth Initiative, they are the largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to end tobacco smoking.
Joined by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Melania discussed with the teens the hazards of vaping and the growing epidemic of children getting easy access to these products.
“How did you get started?” Melania asked one of the boys. He replied at the age of 13 years old and only stopped after getting caught in school vaping and got into “lots of trouble” by school and his parents.
The first lady’s “Be Best” initiative is centered on helping children, and one of its three pillars targets the health and well-being of kids. Federal statistics show a significant increase in vaping among teens between 2017 and 2018 with 1 in 4 high school students reported vaping in the past month, up from 1 in 5 students in 2018.
“It’s important,” Melania said. “We need to be proactive before this gets out of control,”
Thank you to the @truthinitiative teens for joining me today & sharing your experiences w/ vaping. It exposed just how invasive these dangerous products have become in our schools & communities. I'm listening & will continue tackling this important issue. #BeBest pic.twitter.com/O5lHwTMPvb— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 9, 2019
“Today was about hearing from teenagers and understanding how these dangerous vaping products are getting into the hands of our children,” Melania said according to the White House readout. “I was very impressed by their individual stories and especially their courage and willingness to talk about an experience, that was for some of them, a very tough and trying time that put them at odds with their peers. These products should not be marketed to children and I applaud the schools and programs which are actively engaging with students on understanding the dangers that these products can bring. Thank you to all the members of Truth Initiative who came today to talk about this serious issue.”
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