As e-cigarette use among teens grows, parents, youth invited to tobacco-free forum this week
Tobacco use was at an all-time low in North Carolina five years ago. But after the introduction of vape products and e-cigarettes, tobacco use among high school teens has shot up 849 percent.Posted — Updated
The program is free. Parents and teenagers are invited. In fact, some schools are sending groups of students to attend the program.
The forum will feature an expert-led review of current tobacco trends and health impacts followed by a series of panel discussions on the impacts of tobacco and ways to build tobacco-free environments. Panelists will include youth, community, municipal, education, housing, and business leaders, according to the Poe Center.
Right now, about 28 percent of high school teens are active tobacco users and more than 50 percent have tried tobacco products. And while some teens think e-cigarette products don't contain nicotine or have very little of it, that's not always true. Some e-cigarettes contain as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
Even after the forum, the work will continue. Local leaders will be asked to continue to refine policies that support tobacco and vape-free communities, according to the Poe Center. Parents will be encouraged to talk to their youth about the dangers of vaping. And youth will be charged with empowering their peers with the truth of what is in vaping products and promoting vape-free norms.
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