Team “Escape the Vape” sought to educate youth on the fallacies of vaping and how dangerous the activity can actually be. They created a video with the accompanying educational material, presenting it to students at Emerson Middle School and the Leader in Life Youth Conference. The team also advocated for a city-wide vaping awareness campaign. Mayor Karen Goh proclaimed the second week of February “Vaping Awareness Week” to encourage all Bakersfield residents to engage in healthy behavior
and avoid vaping.
“Escape the Vape” donated their $250 Community Impact Aware to Emerson Middle School.
The Truth About Vaping
The act of vaping is increasing in teenagers at an alarming rate. In 2018, about 3.8 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes. These devices are meant for adults trying to stop their bad habit of smoking cigarettes, however these e-cigarette companies are targeting young people to purchase their product. These devices operate by heating a liquid solution to a high enough temperature so that it produces an aerosol that is inhaled. This aerosol contains harmful chemicals such as nicotine that can lead to serious consequences such as popcorn lung and other diseases. One vaping device can contain the same amount of nicotine as a pack of twenty cigarettes. After learning about the harmful act known as vaping, will you pledge to not vape?
What are some of the risks of e-cigarettes to teens?
Why is vaping harmful?
Why are e-cigarette companies targeting teens even though vaping devices are made for adults
attempting to quit smoking?
If a friend asks you to vape, what could you say to them?
List 3 reasons why choosing not to vape is a healthy choice.
Remember, nicotine is a very addictive and harmful drug so it’s smarter to never start smoking OR vaping.
Filming and Editing was provided by KGET-TV 17.