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Saturday, county leaders held a workshop to talk about how to educate young people about the risks. Saturday, county leaders held a workshop to talk about how to educate young people about the risks.
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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County leaders are trying to raise awareness about the impact marijuana has on youth in the region.

Results from this year's Healthy Youth Survey show more Spokane teenagers are smoking marijuana and e-cigarettes.

Saturday, county leaders held a workshop to talk about how to educate young people about the risks.

The survey found that marijuana use has increased to 19 percent among high school sophomores.

E-cigarette use is twice the state's rate in Spokane County with 26 percent of high school sophomores using them.

Saturday's meeting focused on educators and what they can do to let youth know about the risks of using marijuana and e-cigarettes.

"There's a lot of youth that think maybe smoking a cigarette is far more dangerous than smoking marijuana. And that's a perception problem that we have, and we have to remedy it," said SCSO Lt. Commander John Nowels.

"One of the biggest concerns is the e-devices. Schools are seeing youth bring in e-devices into school, which often don't just have tobacco in them. They have other things, oils and other things ... and that has risen at an alarming rate," said Linda Thompson, Executive Director of Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council.

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