Vaping Prevention: A Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting

Vaping Prevention: A Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting
Posted on 12/05/2019
Vaping Prevention: A Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting

The School District of Lee County invites families to join us for Vaping Prevention: A Facebook Live Town Hall meeting. The 1-hour event will feature what makes tobacco and vaping so dangerous for teens, the signs that may indicate your child is vaping, and the consequences of teen nicotine use.

“We realize that vaping has changed from a cigarette alternative to a delivery device for nicotine,” Prevention Specialist Kathy Wynne says. “By adding flavors, the industry has made this an easy and popular way to get teens addicted to nicotine. We want to provide information to our parents so that we may work together to educate our students about the dangers of both smoking and vaping.”

The Food and Drug Administration has already declared vaping an epidemic. According to the 2018 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, 34.4% of Lee County middle and high school students report they have tried vaping. A teen who vapes is four times more likely to begin smoking traditional cigarettes than a teen who does not.

“The number of Lee County teens who reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days was more than 10 times the rate of those who used traditional cigarettes,” Wynne adds. “So while Lee County student cigarette use is decreasing, vaping use is increasing each year.”
Vaping Prevention: A Facebook Live Town Hall will start with a presentation by Prevention Specialists Kathy Wynne and Sara Thompson on the dangers, signs, and consequences of teenage vaping. The second half will be a question and answer session.

There are two ways families can get involved. First, is to watch the Town Hall on the District’s Facebook page and post questions in the comment section. The second is to submit questions in advance to a special email created just for this event, vapingprevention@leeschools.net

The town hall meeting will start at 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 11th. After the broadcast it will remain on the Facebook page for families who couldn’t join the meeting live but wish to watch at their convenience.