To the Editor:
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Casper, WY– The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is hosting its annual forum in Casper on December 11. It will focus on the rising rate of e-cigarette use in Wyoming.
This policy forum topic comes amid skyrocketing rates of e-cigarette use among teens with nearly 36% of Wyoming high schoolers currently using e-cigarettes. Research also shows that youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes are more likely to use other tobacco products, including traditional cigarettes. In fact, e-cigarettes have driven a 36% rise in youth tobacco product use over the last year. Wyoming teens already smoke cigarettes at well above the national average.
“E-cigarette use across the nation is an epidemic and it is imperative we implement best practice policies to reduce the number of Wyoming kids addicted to them,” said Jason Mincer, government relations director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
This working lunch event is open to the public and provides an opportunity to bring together leaders in business, academia and patient advocacy, as well as elected officials to share best practice policies for reducing high tobacco use rates including e-cigarette use in the state of Wyoming.
National tobacco prevention expert and ACS CAN Senior State & Local Campaign Manager Deanna Henkle will be the keynote speaker. Henkle works with staff and volunteers in all 50 states to reduce cancers caused by tobacco use.
“Deanna is one of the foremost experts in the nation on tobacco control policies and will be sharing the most up to date data on e-cigarette use, as well as proven tobacco prevention and cessation policies,” added Mincer.
WHAT: ACS CAN Wyoming Policy Luncheon
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Lyric, 230 West Yellowstone, Casper, WY