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Longford resource worker highlights vaping addiction among youth

Jun 8, 2022 17:06 By Shannonside News
Longford resource worker highlights vaping addiction among youth Longford resource worker highlights vaping addiction among youth
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The family resource centre workers says there's a major problems with children as young as 12 becoming addicted to vaping products

A Longford resource worker is raising serious concern about the prevalence of vaping among children as young as 12.

Grace Kearney who manages the Bridgeway's Family Resource Centre in Ballymahon says large number of children are using vapes, and many are totally addicted.

The resource worker has been campaigning to have politicians raise the issue of easy access to vaping and the danger of addiction to some of the products.

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The Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling) Bill is due to finally be on the legislative programme before the Oireachtas recess in mid July.

The Resource Centre Manager says it's vital that legislation is brought in to restrict access to vapes for children.

It's very accessible, so the flavours I suppose are sucking them in, it's like y'know this nice sweet flavour they're getting in the back of their throats whenever they inhale the vape.

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Equally it's so easy and accessible to do it, and also it's very easy to hide a vape from their parents, and I also think that so many parents and adults don't actually realise the level of nicotine that is in some of these vapes.

We would find that any of the young people that we work with, or would know, anyone that would start at 0 mg , they very quickly go on up to 10, 20 and 30 .

 

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