The Lord Baltimore Lions Club has been working with the Indian River School District, Selbyville Middle School and Attack Addiction on the problem of vaping among students. Vaping is also becoming a hot-button issue nationally due to recent reports of deaths and severe lung injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued these health advisories about the dangers of vaping:
- The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s
- E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine
- Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
A suggested prevention tool is to provide professionally made banners on the Dangers of Vaping for the Indian River School District. The display is now up at Selbyville Middle School. Attack Addiction has provided funding for two huge banners which will be shared by the district’s middle and high schools.
The Lions want to be part of the solution to help students make healthy choices. Parents are also a big part of the solution. The CDC website has current information on the effects of vaping. Parents are encouraged to take a look at it and talk to their children. Parents have the most influence on their children’s ability to make good choices.
For more information, go to www.cdc.gov and search for risks of e-cigarettes for kids, teens and young adults, or contact Lion Paul Bolton at 301-774-5084.