Vaping Concerns Take Center Stage At Naperville Forum

Jim Gudas
October 01, 2019 - 9:23 pm

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NAPERVILLE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Curbing vaping by young people was the subject of a listening session by a suburban member of Congress Tuesday evening.

Students, parents, teachers and advocates took turns giving suggestions to 14th District Representative Lauren Underwood, a Democrat who hosted the listening session at the 95th Street branch of the Naperville Public Library.

Underwood belongs to the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus to End Youth Vaping, which is studying possible legislation to reduce e-cigarette use. Strategies could include banning flavored vaping products and taxing e-cigarettes.

Carrie Jackson of Plainfield said her 18-year-old son got hooked on flavored vaping products and she believes that’s what led to her son’s rare form of lung cancer.

"This is exactly what they wanted to do, this is for kids," Plainfield said of vaping companies' targeting marketing. "Adults quitting smoking don't need these flavors. All they want is nicotine to get them through."