HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Former Attorney General Ben Chandler talked with the Rotary Club about e-cigarettes on Thursday.
Chandler, who is now the CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says the use of e-cigs, or vaping, is very popular among teenagers.
So, with some Henderson County students in attendance, Chandler used Thursday’s meeting to tell that message.
Chandler’s big message was focused on a surge in teen vaping. He says within the last year, the rate of young people using e-cigs and other vaping devices has doubled.
He wants to see that trend reversed.
Chandler says it’s especially important young people hear his message.
“We care about the health of our state and our communities," says Chandler. "And, good health is more important than any other one thing. If you don’t have your health, it doesn’t matter what else you do have. So, we’re promoting good health. We want healthy and productive citizens in Kentucky.”
After the meeting, Chandler said he wants to try to get an excise tax on e-cigs in Kentucky. He tells us he thinks it will help get the use of e-cigarettes down.