Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
40 percent of SC school districts don’t have tobacco rules that cover e-cigarettes
As e-cigarettes gain in popularity among teenagers, many South Carolina school districts have not updated policies to discourage their use.
More than 100,000 minors in South Carolina will one day die prematurely from a smoking-related disease, research shows. Eighty-three percent of South Carolinians who smoke started before they turned 18.
Don’t touch that cup! DHEC using special cups to trap mosquitoes
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – You may see some unusual looking cups popping up around your neighborhood soon, and South Carolina health officials say you need to just leave them be.
That’s because the cups are being used to trap mosquitoes for a special study conducted by DHEC to track a specific type of mosquito that’s capable of transmitting the Zika virus.
S.C. opioid crisis has not abated
South Carolina recently got bad news on the level of the opioid abuse crisis in the state.
For the third year in a row, the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths has increased in the Palmetto State, according to data collected by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. From 2014 to 2017, the total number of deaths related to opioid overdose increased by 47 percent, from 508 to 748 deaths.