Vaping has been promoted as a safer alternative to tobacco smoking; however, more and more researchers as well as health experts, are warning individuals of the dangers of vaping—the devastating physical effects as well as the long-term addictive effects. Kansas already has two reported deaths as a result of vaping, with many more victims suffering the ravaging consequences. Although advertised as safer than traditional smoking, researchers have proven that one vape pod is the equivalent of more nicotine than 20+ cigarettes. This is to say nothing of the many other carcinogenic chemicals ingested through vaping.
Although vaping companies supposedly appeal to the adult population, many have zeroed in on adolescents, targeting teens with appealing flavors. Their strategy is working. “One in six high school students reported vaping in the past month,” warns the Surgeon General and the Centre for Disease Control reports an estimated 20% of all high school students now vape—an increase of approximately 1.5 million students in just one year. Parents in Marion County may think that the vaping issue is exaggerated, that it’s only the bigger city schools that are plagued with the problem, and that somehow the local teens are exempt from the problem because they’ve been taught the dangers of smoking and are too smart to vape. But the Kansas Communities That Care survey data shows the problem is here and on the rise.
To help parents understand the dangers of vaping, what to look for, and how to prevent the problem, Families and Communities Together, Inc.’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Marion County Health Department, and Marion County Extension Services are collaboratively hosting a Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 19 in the Hillsboro High School Auditorium. The presenter is Crystal Dalmasso from DCCCA. The meeting is a county-wide event, and all Marion County parents are encouraged to attend.