Horizon Public Health's Amy Reineke. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Amy Reinke of Horizon Public Health in Alexandria alerted the Stevens County Board of Commissioners at their meeting this week of the increasing use of e-cigarettes among area youth.

One reason she cited for the dramatic increase in tobacco use by youth is the prominence of flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes, many of which are attractively designed and easy to hide. E-cigarettes, she noted, still contain carcinogens and 1 in 11 e-cigarettes are used to vape manijuana. She asked the Commissioners to consider a Tobacco 21 ordinance for Stevens County, which would raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco to 21. Otter Tail County is already in the process of considering  such an ordinance.

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