Teen Tobacco Use in W.Va. Rises as Vaping Becomes More Popular, Officials Say


On this West Virginia Morning, from 2017-2018, tobacco use among American youths rose by almost 40 percent. The culprit? E-cigarettes. Health reporter Kara Lofton takes a look at how vaping is reversing West Virginia’s slow progress toward fewer tobacco users.

Also on today’s show, rural America has high rates of chronic disease – the more remote a community, the more heart disease, cancer and diabetes. And there’s a side effect many people don’t think about – depression, anxiety and even suicide. this is especially true for older adults. WFPL’s Lisa Gillespie reports from Casey County, Kentucky, two hours south of Louisville.

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