Killeen: Parents learn some lessons about dangers of vaping

The Texas PTA and the American Heart Association held a special public forum in Austin on Tuesday and a watch party sponsored by the Killeen ISD and the Killeen Council PTA at the Jackson Professional Learning Center gave local parents a chance to learn about the risks of vaping. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Texas PTA and the American Heart Association held a special public forum in Austin on Tuesday and a watch party sponsored by the Killeen ISD and the Killeen Council PTA at the Jackson Professional Learning Center gave local parents a chance to learn about the risks of vaping.

"I had no idea that the devices were so easily attainable for our kids," parent Lori McGinnis

According to the Truth Initiative Organization, more than 3,500 young people start vaping every day.

Middle schooler William McKinnis says that at his age, no one truly knows the effects or risks.

"I feel like vaping is going to hurt more kids than it helps," he said.

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that his office is leading a 39-state investigation into JUUL Labs’ marketing practices in response to evidence the company “misrepresented the health risks associated with its products and promoted them to children who are not of legal age to purchase tobacco products.”

No matter the outcome of the investigation, McGinnis says it's important for parents to have that conversation with their children.

"Knowledge is power," she said.

"If we provide the knowledge and explain to our kids the importance of their health in the long term, we need to give them the facts of why they can't use these products."