The Collaborative, GNAT-TV Address Use of E-Cigarettes
The Collaborative has announced the debut of ‘E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know.’ The round table discussion, which was filmed and produced by GNAT-TV (Greater Northshire Access Television), features Kathy O’Reilly, a chronic disease specialist with the Bennington County Office of the Vermont Department of Health; Riley Vogel, Burr and Burton Academy student
member of Our Voices Exposed; and Victoria Silsby, tobacco prevention coordinator, and Maryann Morris, executive director, of The Collaborative.
The video short about E-Cigarette use and vaping, the potential risks of harm, how tobacco companies market to youth and more. The video was created as a tool for parents and community members to use as a discussion prompt when speaking with youth about making healthy choices. Towns can use the video as an educational tool to create policy language involving tobacco use and smoke-free properties and development.
There is growing concern regarding youth E-Cigarette use. The CDC reports from 2011 to 2014, past 30-day use of E-Cigarettes among high school students increased from 1.5 to 13.4 percent in Vermont. Rising use rates suggest youth think smoking E-Cigarettes is acceptable, and reverses the current low tobacco use rates among youth.
“Increasing tobacco and smoke-free campuses, reducing exposure to tobacco companies marketing to youth, and keeping tobacco and E-Cigarette use rates low positively contributes to a healthier community to live and work in and go to school in,” stated Silsby. The video is available for viewing at thecollaborative.us or gnat-tv.org. The Collaborative provides youth leadership education, substance free youth and teen events and youth substance use prevention education and works with businesses, towns and schools. Call 802-824-4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.