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NJ health network’s $1M anti-vape campaign targets youth

The Garden's State's largest health network is investing $1 million dollars in a comprehensive strategy to combat vaping among middle school and high school students.

"The statistics that are out there now are really only the tip of the iceberg," Bob Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, told New Jersey 101.5. "If we can make a mark now and take some action, hopefully we can avoid some worse tragedies down the road."

Those statistics include a 78% one-year increase in high school students who reported using e-cigarettes, along with a 50% jump among middle school students, and the fact that two-thirds of adolescents who vape believe they're only inhaling flavors — not nicotine or anything potentially dangerous, according to the federal government.

Read More at NJ 101.5.