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Apr 12 2021

Local public health officials and a school resource officer share harrowing stories of early nicotine addiction in children and are launching campaigns to combat it.

FARGO — Local public health officials are sounding alarms about vaping among youth in the metro area; a problem that has only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, they said.

Melissa Markegard, tobacco prevention coordinator at Fargo Cass Public Health, said the behavior once seen primarily in high schools spread to middle schools and now, elementary schools.

“It just has this trickle down effect,” she said.

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