- Associated Press - Friday, April 5, 2019

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is proposing the creation of a federal program dedicated to helping keep youths from using e-cigarettes.

The Democrat is visiting Glastonbury High School on Friday for a discussion with students and administrators on the topic.

The number of youths using e-cigarettes or vaping pens has been surging, with over 3.6 million children using them across the country according to federal officials.

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The legislation proposed by Blumenthal would create the Reducing Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He says the program could help guide the federal response to the epidemic.

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