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Jeffco Public Schools Supports Vape-Free November in Colorado

Jeffco Public Schools Supports Vape-Free November in Colorado
Posted on 11/13/2018
Vape-Free NovemberOn November 2, Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed November as “Vape-Free November” to bring attention to Colorado’s teen vaping crisis and highlight several statewide strategies to combat youth use of e-cigarettes. While it may be news to some in the state that teen vaping is a growing concern, it wasn’t for a group of teens from Wheat Ridge High School. These students, members of a tobacco prevention club called the BE (Breathe Easy) Team, saw what was happening with their peers last year and worked with district staff to produce an informational video for adults about the growing risk of teen vaping.

Thanks to their efforts, and the work of dedicated staff, our schools are working hard to respond to this emerging health issue quickly. Just last week, JPS-TV released a video from Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass, to communicate the serious nature of the youth vaping crisis to all district administration and staff.

Jeffco Public Schools believes that healthy students are better learners, which is why we’ve partnered with Jefferson County Public Health to implement a range of communication and education strategies. For example, we’re providing a series of training designed to help school staff and parents learn how to educate their students and communities about the risks of teen vaping. We are also supporting schools in developing a building-level response to meet the needs of their students.

Parents and adults play a critical role in addressing this crisis, too. Research shows that young people benefit from conversations with their parents and trusted adults. Listening, having fact-based conversations with teens, and establishing a smoke/vapor-free rule at home can help prevent initiation and dispel the myth that vaping is harmless. Visit TabaccoFree.org for tips on starting the conversation with teens and fact sheets about vaping. Click here for more information on Jeffco’s Tobacco Free Schools Policy.
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