Teaching teens about vaping dangers

Teaching teens about vaping dangers


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORS OF
THE NEW BOOK.
>>>HUNDRED OF ILLNESSES AND A
FEW DEATHS HAVE BEEN LINKED TO
VAPING.
>>MANY OF THE PEOPLE IMPACTED
ARE TEENS AND NOW THE QUESTION
MATT IS LOOKING INTO IS HOW TO
GET THEM TO STOP.
>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO
YOU.
THE HISTORY OF THIS IS IRONIC
WITH SO MANY PEOPLE REALLY
LOOKING TO QUIT SMOKING
CIGARETTES.
VAPEING WAS ACTUALLY USED AS A
METHOD TO GET YOU TO STOP USING
TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS.
NOW IT’S ADDICTING A WHOLE NEW
GENERATION, AND THE PAST YEAR IS
WHEN A TEEN VAPING CRISIS SET
IN.
AT MOUNT VERNON HIGH SCHOOL IN
HANCOCK COUNTY, LEADERS ARE
PUTTING THE CHALLENGE
FRONT-AND-CENTER AND THIS LAST
WEEK, DANGERS BECAME A PRIME
FOCUS.
THERE’S ALSO A CHAPTER OF THE
STATE’S VOICE PROGRAM, WHICH
WORKS IN SMALL GROUPS TO EDUCATE
TEENS ABOUT SMOKING ALONG WITH
SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAMS.
TEACHERS ARE ALSO GETTING
SPECIAL TRAINING.
>>EXPLAINING TO THEM WHAT
VAPING PRODUCTS AND DEVICES TO
LOOK FOR AND ALSO HELP THEM LOOK
FOR PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR FROM
STUDENTS THAT MIGHT BE
INDICATIVE OF VAPING.
COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO AT THIS
POINT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, WE
HAVE SEEN A REDUCTION IN VAPING
INCIDENTS AND ATTRIBUTE THAT
PARTLY TO THE EVERIES OF OUR
STUDENTS AND STAFF — THE
EFFORTS OF OUR STUDENT AND
STAFF.
>>Reporter: WE TALKED WITH AN
EXPERT ABOUT THE HARM NICOTINE
CAN DO IN A DEVELOPING TEEN’S
BRAIN.
WE HAVE MORE RESOURCES AND HOW
TO BEGIN THE CONVERSATION TO
QUIT ON WTHR.COM.
REALLY, THERE’S NOT ONE SIZE
FITS ALL BECAUSE BRAINS ARE
STILL DEVELOPING AND MAY REACT
DIFFERENTLY TO ADULT METHODS.
Ben: THE PRESIDENT WAS
WEIGHING ON THIS LAST WEEK AND
NOW WE HAVE GOVERNORS OF NEW
YORK AND MICHIGAN TRYING TO
CREATE LEGISLATION, BUT THERE’S
NOT A LOT OF REGULATION, IS
THERE?
>>Reporter: THAT’S WHAT IS
INTERESTING ABOUT THIS.
THINK ABOUT YOUR KEURIG COFFEE
MAKERS.
THERE ARE SO MANY MANUFACTURERS
AND BRAND OF PODS ON THE
MARKET.
SAME IS TRUE FOR THE VAPE PEN
REFILLS.
ONLY THOSE ARE NOT REALLY
REGULATED.
NO ONE IS CHECKING WHAT IS GOING
ON INSIDE THOSE.
WE FOUND OUT ONE E-CIGARETTE
CONTAINS THE SAME AMOUNT OF
NICOTINE AS 20 TRADITIONAL
CIGARETTES SO THERE’S A LOT OF
DANGERS GOING UNREGULATED.
>>THAT’S EYE-OPENING, TOO.
I WAS TALKING TO THE
SUPERINTENDENT IN GREENWOOD A
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, AND HE SAID
THEY’RE USING METAL THE TECH FOR
THES TO FIND PENS ON PEOPLE —
DETECTORS TO FIND PENS ON
PEOPLE.

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