A new study from the state health department says more than a third of West Virginia high school students vape.

The report was released Thursday and labels vaping among young people in the state as an "epidemic" and says youth e-cigarette use here is outpacing in the rest of the country.

The Department of Health and Human Resources has proposed a multi-pronged strategy to combat the rise. The report recommends raising the tax on vaping products, requiring warnings on vaping products and having more tobacco prevention initiatives in schools.

Health boards in Kanawha and Cabell counties this month banned vaping in public spaces.