The forum will take place on Thursday, January 23.
(Erlanger, Ky.) – A public forum has been scheduled to educate the public on the dangers of youth e-cigarette use.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department will host “Prevent the Next Generation of Addiction: A Forum to Stop Youth Vaping” on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Ignite Institute, 37 Atlantic Avenue in Erlanger.
The event will feature a keynote presentation from a mother whose child was diagnosed with vaping-related lung illness, as well as a panel of educators, physicians, and other professionals discussing how adults can talk with youth about not using e-cigarettes, what is being done at the state and regional levels to prevent youth e-cigarette use, and resources to help youth quit.
According to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey, 20.3% of Northern Kentucky 10th graders reported e-cigarette use in the past month, up from 7.7% in 2016.
“The increase in youth e-cigarette use is alarming,” according to NKY Health’s District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH. “Youth and parents need to know e-cigarette use is not harmless. Youth e-cigarette use increases the risk of addiction due to the high nicotine content in e-cigarette liquids. It can also lead to long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health.”
In December, the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health passed a resolution directing the Northern Kentucky Health Department to educate the public about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, as well as advocate for policies that prevent e-cigarette use and provide resources to help people quit. For a copy of the resolution, visit https://bit.ly/2Fz37dn.
The public forum is free to attend. There will be an opportunity for community members to ask questions at the end of the event.
For more information, visit www.nkyhealth.org.