Community Out-Reach Program
ANTI- VAPING EDUCATION PROGRAM FACEBOOK
All of us at Sunrise Pediatrics are disturbed about the growing trend in vaping among uninformed and uneducated teenagers. Currently, in the United States, the CDC reports that vaping related illnesses have risen to 1,080 with 19 reported deaths. The 78% increase in vaping among high school students last year was the largest ever recorded for any substance in 44 years. Presently, 27.5% or 4 million American teenagers vape. Use among 8th graders is 10%. Each day new forms of illnesses related to vaping are recognized, causing numbers of cases to increase at an alarming rate, and the spectrum of ill effects are gradually beginning to unfold, while long term effects are yet to be revealed.
Vaping creates a new generation of addicts and serves as a portal for other substance abuse. As an example, in an Arizona high school, 1/3rd of all students had vaped marijuana and 1/4th had vaped marijuana concentrate which is three times more potent. The most recent trend is direct ingestion of liquid nicotine which can be a deadly poison if not handled and measured carefully.
Sunrise Pediatrics, under the guidance of the community outreach director Dr. Sonya Aikels has launched an anti-vaping community education program. This program was conceived by Suraj and Varun Kandoth to spread the message of the Truth Initiative, “It’s not cool to Juul in School”. They were assisted in their endeavor by Mark Meisburger. 90 middle school students were addressed in at interactive presentation, at the first event held at Delta Academy on Oct 21st, 2019 by Dr. Aikels and Suraj Kandoth. The students received informational folders, t-shirts and pens.
If you have any questions regarding vaping and your teen, please consult your provider.
Materials available for pick-up courtesy of Sunrise Pediatrics at our offices.