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SPRINGFIELD – To make sure students know the potentially life-threatening risks of vaping, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) advanced an initiative to teach the dangers of e-cigarettes in school.

“Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., but corporations market e-cigarettes and vaping to children as a safer, trendier alternative to smoking,” Glowiak Hilton said. “In order to keep kids from developing harmful nicotine addictions, it’s critical to educate students on the dangerous side effects of using all forms of tobacco.”

Glowiak Hilton’s proposal expands Illinois’ current tobacco health curricula taught in elementary and secondary schools to include health concerns associated with e-cigarettes and other vapor devices.

“Vaping can be detrimental to development for young children, teens and young adults,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Adolescents are vulnerable to tobacco companies’ deceitful marketing ploys, and it’s our responsibility to give them the facts.”

House Bill 3202 passed the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday and moves for further consideration before the full Senate.