Troy Record: Columbia High School Joins Great American Smokeout

The Troy Record published a story on a Great American Smokeout event, held at Columbia High School in East Greenbush. The event was organized by Capital District Tobacco-Free Communities (CDTFC), a grant program supported by St. Peter’s Health Partners, along with Columbia’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club, and the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health and Prevention Services.

Cara Zampi, youth engagement coordinator with CDTFC, was interviewed during the event, which educated students about the dangers of smoking and vaping.

From the article:

“Peer to peer education is so effective,” Zampi commented. “Historically, this event has been about encouraging people to quit smoking for a day. Since we’re in a school, I wanted to do something that would encourage students to to go tobacco and vape free.”

The materials Zampi had brought for the SADD club to use included many statistics about the dangers of vaping, e-cigarettes, and tobacco products that are incorrectly regarded as “safe” because they are not cigarettes. In fact, they can be more dangerous because they are loaded up with flavoring agents that make them seem more desirable.

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