Senator Tim Kaine Visits Shenandoah Valley to Discuss Vaping and Politics
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Senator Tim Kaine was making the rounds in the Shenandoah Valley on Tuesday. He spent the morning at Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg for a round table on youth vaping and e-cigarette use.
Kaine was joined by several high school students from Harrisonburg High School, who shared their thoughts about ways to address teen vaping.
Kaine says it’s one thing to talk to doctors but it's also important to hear from students. "Talking to students about why their classmates, why middle schoolers, start to vape, and what might be strategies that would be successful to prevent it.”
"Knowing that we had a major impact, or knowing that we're able to even talk to someone who has the ability or possibility to have a major impact was - it was satisfying,” said Genesis Martinez, a sophomore at Harrisonburg High School
Right now, Kaine is working on a bill with Senator Mitch McConnell, to raise the age for buying nicotine and tobacco products to 21, at the federal level.
Senator Kaine also stopped by James Madison University on Tuesday and spoke with a government class.
He talked about his path to politics and took questions from students who asked about everything from promoting democracy in Hong Kong, to concerns about trade impacts, to government polarization.
Kaine also met with valley scholars before heading to a hemp farm.