Community Members Invited to Participate

Prevent Coalition is hosting a public forum for community members with a panel of youth, prevention experts, and school-based law enforcement to discuss the real issues with youth vaping. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 1.5 million more students used e-cigarettes in 2018 vs 2017. That’s a 78% increase among high school students and a 48% increase among middle school students.

At It’s Not Just Vaping: Trends Gaining Steam Among Youth in Clark County, personal testimony will be given from local youth, including a former user of vapor products turned tobacco prevention ambassador, and youth who are witness to the upsurge in vapor and e-cigarette use among teens in Clark County. The discussion will cover local trends and why we should care about the use of vapor products among youth in our community. Attendees are invited to engage in the conversation and will have opportunity to ask the panel questions with time to network at the end.

Panelists for the coalition meeting and public forum include:

  • Shane Gardner, Manager of School Safety and Security (Moderator)
  • Jason Granneman, School Resource Officer (Panelist)
  • Deb Drandoff, Director of Prevention and Youth Services (Panelist)
  • Sharice Lee, Student Assistance Professional (Panelist)
  • Maddison Langer, Tobacco Free Kids Youth Ambassador (Panelist)
  • Plus, additional youth to provide testimony on what they are seeing and experiencing among peers who are using vapor products

Thanks to funding by the Department of Health, this event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation on Wednesday, January 30th, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at ESD 112 Conference Center (2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661). Registration is not required and light refreshments will be provided.