Free Virtual Community Conversation: Victims of Vaping
The Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County is hosting a free virtual community conversation, Victims of Vaping: Protecting Our Youth, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. The event is being held on the third Thursday of November to honor the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout event.
Registration is free and open to the public. Adams Radio Group’s Region radio personality, entertainer, and former smoker, Mike Bonaventura, will serve as emcee and moderator of the panel discussion that will address:
- Facts about vaping and tobacco use in Porter County
- How and why the tobacco industry intentionally targets youth
- How early nicotine use affects brain development and hooks youth for a life-long habit
This community dialogue is part of a larger effort driven by the Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County to educate parents, educators, policy-makers and community members about the intentional tobacco industry ploys targeting our youth to addict them to nicotine through e-cigarettes. Vaping has become an epidemic according to CDC figures revealing high school student vaping has increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 27.5% in 2019.
Nine out of 10 smokers start by the time they turn 18 and 99% start by age 26. Tobacco companies know that if young people do not start using tobacco early, they likely never will. Maintaining a base of youth and young adult smokers is crucial for sustaining their business and profits. A high proportion of Porter County tobacco retailers engage in intentional point-of-sale marketing tactics that encourage youth to use tobacco, makes quitting tobacco more difficult, and disproportionately targets some communities, which contributes to disparities in tobacco use rates and tobacco-related health outcomes.
Register for this free online event, Victims of Vaping: What You Need to Know to Protect Our Youth, at www.valpo.edu/tepc/. More information about this event or The Tobacco Education and Prevention Coalition for Porter County is available at valpo.edu/tepc/ or Facebook at TEPCPorterCounty.