Spotlight: The latest news on youth vaping in Georgia

A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited new research out of the University of Georgia that found that before the pandemic kids who were considered athletes were using e-cigarettes at a higher rate than those who got less exercise, potentially because of a mix of peer pressure and a misunderstanding of the health risks.

The article notes that students who were physically active four to five days a week were 23 percent more likely to vape than those who were active a day or less a week. About seven percent of Georgia high school students vape.

“Our youth who tend to be on the healthy spectrum for physical health have heightened risk of using electronic vapor products,” says Janani Rajbhandari-Thapa, the lead author of the study and an associate professor in UGA’s College of Public Health.

Click here for the AJC article.

Want to be part of GAFP’s efforts to prevent and stop Georgia students from vaping? Get plugged into our ‘Tar Wars’ educational initiative. Contact Abbey Carr at for details or to sign up for one of the program’s weekly online orientations.