The vaping crisis continues to plague our communities and our country. As of today, 8 people (1 in Illinois) have died from severe respiratory complications associated with vaping. At least 380 cases have been reported across the United States.
As the CDC is working hard to understand what exactly is causing these lung issues, researchers admit that they don't know much about vaping and the long-term impact on youth. Unfortunately, the preliminary numbers from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show a continued rise in youth e-cigarette use, especially through the use of non-tobacco flavors that appeal to kids. In particular, the data show that more than a quarter of high school students were current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2019 and the overwhelming majority of youth e-cigarette users cited the use of popular fruit and menthol or mint flavors.
Talk to your teen today--even if you think that s/he isn't impacted. Here are a few facts to share with your teen:
To learn more about vaping and teens and the current crisis, attend our next Stand Strong Coalition meeting, on Thursday, October 10th, 11:00 AM at Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire.
Children, adolescents, and teens are establishing patterns of behavior that affect both their current and future health. A key protective factor includes, among other things, parent engagement, and more importantly, staying relevant to the issues our students are facing today.
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, upon the requests several parents in our community, Stand Strong Coalition will once again hold the popular parent education Not My Kid?! event. Not My Kid?! focuses on discussing hot topics relevant to your teen's exposure to alcohol, marijuana, vaping, and more. Everyday, parents are confronted with a never-ending deluge of hazards and dangers facing our students. While dangers and hazards have always been a part of parenting, it's safe to say that the types of dangers continue to become more pervasive. As parents and community members, staying engaged and informed is key and also makes it more likely that children, adolescents, and teens will avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco, alcohol, other drug use and more.
To register for this FREE parent education event scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12 event please RSVP via the following link => http://bit.ly/2NgBdrJ