Multnomah County held a public hearing Thursday, on banning the sale of e-cigarettes and other vaping products to kids.
E-cigarette use among 11th graders in Multnomah County almost tripled over three years.
Use started at less than 2 percent in 2011 and got to 5.2 percent by 2013. But the rate of growth is what worries health officials.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie Conte told the hearing that vaping at her school is becoming increasingly common.
"I have friends who believe that vape pens are healthy or safe," she said. "Whenever I try to give them information about e-cigarettes, what they truly contain, they turn me down, they push me away."
David Glen of Fatboy Vapors in Gresham said he agrees kids shouldn't be allowed to use e-cigarettes. But he asked the county to allow vaping in certain places.
"I'm talking about the vape shops that are specifically trying to help people get off of cigarettes," he said. "They need to be able to sample these."
The county is also considering licensing tobacco and vaping systems - but only if the legislature doesn't create a statewide system this session.