(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Tuscarawas Anti-Drug Coalition and the Tuscarawas County Health Department are bringing an important event to local parents and guardians about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.
The event will take place on tonight from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Kent State Tuscarawas Science & Tech Center, Room 126.
The event is being held to educate parents and guardians on the very real dangers of vaping and e-cigarette use among our youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 78% increase in vaping among high school students and a 48% increase among middle school students from 2017-2018. “This is the most significant increase ever recorded in any substance in 44 years according to Monitoring the Future,” added ADC Coordinator, Jodi Salvo.
“It is imperative that parents and guardians are educated on the issue of vaping as (up until now) it has been a largely unregulated market, and this has caused a lot of confusion and misconceptions around the issue. For example, purchased e-juices might read on the bottle “nicotine-free” and both youth and adults might think the product does not have nicotine, yet 99% of all e-juices do,” added Salvo.
The event will also be an opportunity to provide parents resources such as how to talk to their kids to prevent vaping initiation. It will also offer information regarding treatment options if a child is already addicted.
“People may feel using electronic vaping devices is a ‘safer’ option than combustible cigarettes, but that just isn’t the case,” Salvo explained. “There is a lot we still do not know about vaping and time has not yet revealed the long-term consequences of vaping.”
The event will include speakers representing health educators, medical officials, and local youth. There is no charge to attend.
More information can be found by visiting adctusc.org.