A small puff of vapor escaped from the 17-year-old girl’s mouth as she walked with her friend, 16, along Bardstown Road. The two kids are a typical 3:15 p.m. sight for the stretch of restaurants and shops not far from several major high schools. But they weren’t just hanging out. She was on her way to a job interview at a restaurant, and in her hands, barely visible, was a Juul, a sleek e-cigarette that looks more like an oversized flash drive than a smoking device. As she’s wont to do in times of stress, the teenage girl was vaping (and doing it illegally, which is why she is not being identified). She and her friend crossed the street again before slipping into the doors of the restaurant. She left him for her interview, and returned not long after. “I was over there the whole time thinking, ‘I want to hit my Juul,’” said the girl. She was gone for 31 minutes. The girl is one of 3.6 million American high school and middle school users of e-cigarettes, according to government data. Around 11 percent of Kentucky high schoolers copped to current e-cigarette use in a U.S. Centers for Disease… Read full this story
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