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.
Health officials have logged 193 potential cases — including one fatality — across 22 states. None were in Alaska, but state officials want Alaska health care providers to report potential cases.
Dr. Brian King of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health spoke during a recent Ketchikan Wellness Coalition conference on tobacco.
The department formally announced a rule that explicitly bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights heading to or from the U.S. Previous guidance had led to some confusion.
The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces.