$2 million dollar proposal could bring campaign to end vaping in Wisconsin

Proposal made by Rep. Billings of La Crosse

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – A proposal for $2 million dollars could help bring a new campaign to help stop youth vaping in Wisconsin.

The proposal comes after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers requested a bill Sunday to fund the public health campaign.

Wisconsin State Representative Jill Billings introduced a proposal for the funding.

Some of the money would also be granted to regional or local organizations that provide services to help kids stop or never start using tobacco and vaping products.

A 2018 study found that e-cigarette use by high school students increased 154% between 2014 and 2018.

That’s why Billings says the problem needs attention.

“Once someone starts using, often it’s very hard to stop. They become addicted. This doesn’t have to do with strength of will or character, it really has to do with the addictive properties in tobacco,” said Wisconsin State Representative Jill Billings.

Governor Tony Evers is also requesting a bill that would ban vaping and vapor products on K-12 campuses.

Evers is also looking the bill to expand the definition of public health emergencies.