banner
Go Ask Mom

Go Ask Mom

Worried about juuling, e-cigarettes among youth? Check out Poe Center's upcoming workshop

Posted July 31, 2019 8:45 p.m. EDT

FILE — A Juul vape device in New York, April 4, 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he plans to sponsor legislation to raise the minimum age to 21 for the purchase of tobacco and e-cigarettes. (Caroline Tompkins/The New York Times)

— We've been hearing a lot about the dangers of e-cigarettes, vaping and juuling among kids.

The government estimates about 1 in 5 U.S. high school students have used e-cigarettes in the last month. They're often bringing them to school, smoking them in bathrooms, halls and classrooms. The vapor quickly dissipates, making them easy to hide. Last week, Congress held hearings on the topic.

If you're ready to learn more about the dangers of vaping - and, also, hammer home those dangers to your middle schoolers and high schoolers - Poe Center for Health Education has a couple of events coming up.

On Aug. 15, the center near downtown Raleigh will host two sessions - one for adults and another for middle schoolers and high schoolers - about e-cigarettes.

The sessions are each from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The adults only session will address the growing concern of e-cigarettes and youth, according to a description. Participants will explore adolescent brain development and effects of e-cigarettes as we cover the latest research. They will also take a look at the risk factors for use, and the protective factors that help prevent use. A discussion on resources and strategies for increasing protective factors with our youth will leave attendees with tools for the next steps.

The youth session will address similar topics. Participants will learn about the addictive nature of nicotine and how addiction impacts the brain, according to the description. They also will address risk factors for addictive behaviors, substance addiction warning signs, and the signs of a nicotine medical emergency.

Both sessions are free. Poe Center's website has more information.