Be in the know with E-cigarettes

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LONDONDERRY >> The Collaborative has announced GNAT's filming and production of "E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know." The round table discussion features Kathy O'Reilly, Chronic Disease Specialist with VT Department of Health Bennington County Office; Riley Vogel, Burr and Burton Academy student member of Our Voices Exposed and Victoria Silsby Tobacco Prevention Coordinator and Maryann Morris Executive Director of The Collaborative.

The video short discusses areas of concern with E-cigarette use. Viewers can learn what are E-Cigarettes and vaping; potential risks of harm; how tobacco companies use E-Cigarettes to market to youth; and town and business considerations pertaining to density, advertising and smoke free policies.

The video press release is a tool for parents and community members to use as a discussion prompt when speaking with youth about making healthy choices. Towns can use the video as an educational tool to create policy language involving tobacco use and smoke free properties and development. The discussion provides educational information to businesses creating employee policies and smoke free campuses.

Burr and Burton Academy student, Riley Vogel, highlighted local and statewide "Our Voices Exposed" efforts in the show.

There is growing concern regarding youth E-Cigarette use. The CDC reports from 2011 to 2014, past 30 day use of E-Cigarettes among high school students increased from 1.5 percent to 13.4 percent. In Vermont, the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey reports 15 percent of high school students used electronic vapor products on one or more of the past 30 days whereas 11 percent of high school students reported smoking cigarettes at least once during the past 30 days. Vermont high school tobacco use rates have declined since 2005 from 18 percent to 11 percent and Bennington County is one of two counties with the lowest high school tobacco use rate in the state at 10% according to the Youth Risk behavior Survey. An increase in youth E-cigarette use indicates the perceived risk of harm is low. Rising youth E-cigarette use rates suggest youth think smoking E-Cigarettes is acceptable and reverses the current low tobacco use rates among youth.

"Increasing tobacco and smoke free campuses, reducing exposure to tobacco companies marketing to youth, and keeping tobacco and E-Cigarette use rates low positively contributes to a healthier community to live and work in and go to school in," stated Victoria Silsby, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, The Collaborative.

The Collaborative thanks Kathy O'Reilly and Riley Vogel for their time and sharing their knowledge and expertise and GNAT for filming and producing the video.

The video is available for viewing at thecollaborative.us or gnat-tv.org.


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