BRANSON/LAKES AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Boys & Girls Club Members Learn About Vaping Epidemic


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Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on June 18.

On June 12th, the Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks (BGCO) presented, “The Vaping Epidemic” to 39 middle school age students. This presentation was made possible through the collaboration of partners including, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. Scott Allen, Prevention Specialist with Community Partnership of the Ozarks, along with Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks staff, Jon Follis and Josh Higgs, helped facilitate the Vaping Prevention presentation. Follis and Higgs were recently trained by Allen to present information regarding vaping and smoking programs and both Club staff are better equipped to help members who seek advice regarding smoking and vaping prevention related issues.

“We know all too well the health effects of vape products, but don’t always have a way to get this information to youth,” said Scott Allen, Prevention Specialist of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. “Having a partner in prevention like the Boys and Girls Club of the Ozarks is a great way to educate young people to make informed life decisions.”

Key aspects of the presentation include: an interactive video which helped explain what E-Cigarettes are, the dangers of their use, and how manufacturers are targeting today’s youth. Club members divided into groups and were challenged to review e-cigarette advertising and create counter ads.

“I didn’t realize that e-cigarettes were originally designed to help people STOP smoking and that they probably have way more bad chemicals in them than even regular cigarettes,” said Nolan, BGCO Club Member. “I hope more kids realize that vaping doesn’t look cool and it can really hurt you.”

Vaping Prevention is one of many programs that the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks offer to support over 1,600 area youth in Taney and Stone Counties. The Club will do whatever it takes to build great futures! For more information about our drug, alcohol or smoking prevention programs, please contact Sharon Perkins, Prevention Coordinator, at 417-335-2089.

Original source can be found here.

Source: Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

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