Community talk to discuss e-cigarettes, vaping
More than 5 million students in the United States are using electronic cigarettes and vaping, according to a recent survey conducted by the Food and Drug Administration. Studies show that more than 1-in-4 high school students have used e-cigarettes.
Within recent years, the e-cigarette usage among teens has doubled, leading to a nationwide epidemic. E-cigarette usage and vaping in the last couple of years has been linked to multiple deaths and hospitalizations resulting from serious respiratory, heart and cancer-related illnesses.
In an effort to turn the tide locally, the Fort Worth ISD and its Council of PTAs is partnering with the American Heart Association, Fort Worth SPARC and State Rep. Nicole Collier to host community discussions about this epidemic and its impact on youth.
The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education and Fort Worth City Council will each consider anti-vaping resolutions at their regular meetings January 28.
Medical professionals, state officials and students are among panelists slated to discuss vaping effects, how to detect e-cigarette devices and usage and talk about the epidemic with teens, at an anti-vaping event: Tarrant County Anti-Vaping School Event, 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 29, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, 1411 I.M. Terrell Circle South. Panelists include: nationally-acclaimed toxicologist Dr. Peter Stout, Rep. Collier and FWISD student Anna Carey. The discussion is being streamed live via the Fort Worth ISD Facebook page.