The risk survey also reported an increase in mental health distress among high school students. One in five (19%) of students surveyed reported having attempted suicide at least once.
Up until now, Alaska was the only state in the country that had not reported any instances of e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injury.
Dr. Brian King of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health spoke during a recent Ketchikan Wellness Coalition conference on tobacco.
The proposed tobacco tax would generate an estimated $1.2 million a year in new revenue. The draft ordinance calls for directing up to 15 percent of income toward smoking cessation programs.
The Ketchikan Borough-City Cooperative Relations Council wants both governments to work together to create an area wide tobacco tax of $3 per pack. A comparable tax would be charged on other kinds of tobacco and on e-cigarettes.
The Juneau Assembly on Monday passed a 200 percent local tax increase on cigarettes, giving the capital city the highest tobacco tax rate in Alaska. The Assembly also implemented a new tax on e-cigarettes.
The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces.