One in four Minnesota 11th-graders report they used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days — a 54-percent increase over three years, according to the latest Minnesota Student Survey. And state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says nearly twice as many 8th-graders as in 2016 — 11 percent — report that they’ve vaped:

“There is an epidemic of youth vaping occurring across Minnesota and indeed in the nation, and we must act quickly to prevent serious long-term health impacts.”

Top officials plan a statewide call Friday with educators, school nurses and school support staff. They say they’ll also send “tool kits” to schools and families. Governor Walz says he supports a ban on flavored e-cigarettes, including menthol because the product targets children.