Public Health partners with school district on new tobacco policy

Bloomington Public Schools is in the process of updating its tobacco policy to include language about e-cigarettes and vaping. Community Health Specialist Deb Miller has been working with the district’s wellness committee to educate school staff and parents about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping as a key part of the process.  

Data from the Minnesota Department of Education’s (MDE) 2019 student survey shows a steep rise in e-cigarette use among students. Among 8th grade students e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 2016 – 2019 statewide, and one in four 11th graders in Minnesota now use e-cigarettes, according to MDE. 

The survey also found that youth are ill-informed about the health risks, with 76% of 11th graders saying there is either no, slight or moderate risk to using e-cigarettes. 

Miller’s presentations are part of Bloomington Public Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) work. 

“The collaboration with Deb and Bloomington Public Health continues to be very informative for our teaching staff and parents. We look forward to continuing this partnership,” Bloomington Public Schools Community Relations and Emergency Management Executive Director Rick Kaufman said.