While great strides have been made in lowering the teen smoking rate nationally and locally, e-cigarette use is exploding among area schools. Their use is so popular that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently identified youth use of e-cigarettes as an epidemic.
St. Peter’s Health Partners and Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities will host “Seen Enough Tobacco Day” October 13 at the Troy Boys and Girls Club. The event is aimed at educating students and their parents about the dangers of smoking and vaping. Teens from the Capital District will be there, showcasing their unique talents to demonstrate that they’ve Seen Enough Tobacco.
Check out this video featuring Columbia High School Principal Michael Harkin; Rensselaer County Substance Abuse Assistance Counselor Alyssa Evans; 10th grade students and Reality Check members Praaghya Meyyan and Rishita Nagothi; and Cara Zampi of Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities:
“Seen Enough Tobacco Day”
Saturday, October 13
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Troy Boys & Girls Club
In addition to presentations, there will also be games, face painting, giveaways and a free meal following the festivities. Join us to learn more about e-cigarettes, how they’re going undetected in many schools, the dangers they pose, and efforts to keep them out of children’s hands.