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Sen. Blumenthal meets with Newington students on the dangers of vaping

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NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Senator Richard Blumenthal met with students on Monday in Newington over the dangers of vaping.

“They understand the problem the same same as they understand other addictions, like they understand the problem but they just don’t get it, they want to just keep getting the felling they’re getting,” said a student.

Senator Blumenthal calls vaping addictive and deeply dangerous, adding that there is increasing evidence showing that the chemicals in e-cigarettes can result in severe danger to the respiratory system.

“I view this vaping epidemic as part of big tobacco’s playbook to addicting another generation to nicotine” said Blumenthal.

And he says flavored vape products are especially dangerous because they’re so attractive to young people.

Over the past two years the number of high school students who vape has doubled. Across the country, over 500 people have been hospitalized, including at least thirteen suspected cases in Connecticut.

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