At Issue: October 6 - Gov. Walz, state officials address vaping crisis; Minnesotans voice impeachment concerns

Updated: October 06, 2019 04:15 PM

Gov. Walz, State Officials Address Vaping Crisis

The 2019 Minnesota Student Survey results on e-cigarette use have been called an epidemic and a public health emergency by state officials. Governor Walz and state officials are now looking at ways to try and reverse the trend.


In the survey, the number of eighth-graders who reported vaping nearly doubled from 2016. One in four 11th-graders say they vape, and 76 percent of students say they believe there is little to no health risk to using e-cigarettes.

Governor Tim Walz is calling for a ban of flavored vaping products and for the age to purchase any tobacco or vaping products to be raised to 21 statewide. Walz suggested legislators take up the issue in a special session. But, he also blamed the tobacco industry for the crisis.

Concerns over Trump Impeachment Inquiry Voiced During Congressional Town Hall in Stillwater

Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum held a town hall Wednesday evening in Stillwater, and the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump dominated a large portion of the conversation. Several people in the audience say they did not agree with the push to impeach the president, while others supported the move. McCollum has made it clear she supports the impeachment inquiry.

Four out of the five Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation support the impeachment inquiry. Only Collin Peterson, who represents Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, has not publicly come out in favor of impeachment.

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