Parents, health officials talk about vaping and its effects in New Hyde Park

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Parents met at the New Hyde Park Road School Tuesday night to talk about the latest vaping products being used by their children and the potential impact it could have on their health.

The meeting comes after over 2,000 vaping-related illnesses and 39 vaping-related deaths have been reported nationwide as of this month.

Representatives from Cohen Children's Medical Center presented a lecture on vaping and e-cigarettes.

It focused on educating sixth graders because school faculty say they discovered that young students know very little about the health risks associated with vaping.

The latest federal study shows 3.6 million high school and middle school students vaped in 2018. It also found that e-cigarette use increased 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018.

The meeting also covered the health effects of vaping, marketing tactics companies use to get kids to vape and how to educate children about the health risks.

The district says anti-vaping lectures will be presented in sixth grade classes at four different schools later this week.

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