Youth Vaping: what our coalition needs to know and what we can do about it

Healthy Lamoille Valley is hosting regular coalition meetings the first Tuesday of each month on Zoom. These meetings are open to all youth and community members interested in preventing and reducing youth substance misuse.  We are excited to be providing monthly opportunities for coalition members and anyone who’d like to be involved to connect with our work in a tangible way.  When we come together we are stronger and can create real change that positively impacts area youth and reduces youth substance misuse.  The new format allows for creating community connections, a short issue overview presentation, and then breakout discussion on that topic.  While the meeting officially runs from 6:00-7:00pm, many have stayed around in our virtual room to chat more and share ideas.  Some great work has come out of these after-meeting times. 

Join us for our next meeting on January 5th from 6:00 to 7:00pm,”Youth Vaping: what our coalition needs to know and what we can do about it,” featuring guest presenter Marcella Bianco, the Program Director for the CATCH My Breath youth e-cigarette prevention program.  We’ll cover what e-cigarettes are and why they’re a concern for Vermont youth, how the vaping epidemic got out of hand so quickly, laws and policies around youth vaping, and the relationship between vaping and infectious diseases such as COVID-19. 

We will also launch the Tobacco Prevention Taskforce on Youth and Young Adult Vaping Prevention, look at the initiatives and campaigns we want to take on, and hear from local youth.  For those who are interested in continuing to learn more, there will be two follow-up sessions to this meeting.

Please register in advance for this meeting at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sfuygpzMqGdGtHxSKsXqcYtGpsUubqZau.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

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Couldn’t make it to our December meeting?  The recording is now available at https://greenmountainaccess.tv/project/healthy-lamoille-valley-community-planning-toolkit/. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Prevention Toolkit reviewed during December’s meeting please email alison@healthylamoillevalley.org.