Health professionals from around the country are meeting in Minneapolis starting today for a conference about the dangers of tobacco use.

“The purpose is really to learn from each other what the best strategies are for tobacco prevention and control. So we’ll be bringing together public health experts and advocates, including some youth to talk about what the best strategies are moving forward.”

Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says there’s a youth nicotine epidemic in Minnesota. And a recent tobacco survey found that nearly one in five Minnesota high schoolers are using e-cigarettes and 40-percent have tried them.