GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Residents for Prevention and Restoration (CPR) coalition just lately met to debate present group efforts, discovered concerning the reported risks of vaping and the receipt of a tobacco cessation grant.
CPR is a bunch of volunteers from Gallia County working to “reduce the scope and impact of drug abuse and addiction, suicide, human trafficking and school violence,” in response to the group’s Fb web page.
Through the assembly members mentioned efforts to help and join with the group.
It was famous the current Drug Take Again days in Gallia, Meigs and Jackson counties had a complete of 209 kilos of expired and unused treatment, each over-the-counter and prescription, turned in for disposal, mentioned Nick Hopkins, outpatient director, companies for Holzer household pharmacy.
The occasion is often held twice a yr, however Hopkins mentioned lots of the native sheriff’s workplaces have disposal packing containers if wanted in between.
Shannon Dalton, group programming coordinator with Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Alcohol, Drug Habit and Psychological Well being (ADAMH), shared that CPR has bought promotional supplies for tabling occasions to share info with the group with a tent, tablecloth, yard indicators and swag.
She additionally mentioned ADAMH now has a billboards going up across the county displaying constructive messages.
Dalton mentioned she has bought the e-book “Ignite!: Getting your community coalition fired up for change” and hopes to provoke a e-book membership subsequent yr.
At present Dalton is engaged on the “Presence is a present” marketing campaign, in an effort to uplift the group round Gallia, Jackson and Meigs Counties. She mentioned it will embody a popup picture sales space at Gallipolis in Lights.
Throughout different enterprise within the assembly, it was mentioned to maneuver conferences to quarterly to permit the coalitions which have branched out from CPR to have extra time to prepare occasions and initiatives and develop additional concepts.
“Over the years that we’ve been doing this, we’ve had some really good ideas that have somehow become committees, or other coalitions,” mentioned Laura Jenkins, co-chair CPR. “They’ve been good ideas and we’ve implemented them, but we’ve not really developed them. And so we have a lot of different things happening.”
Jenkins mentioned the concept is that CPR can be the principle “trunk” of help like a tree with root coalitions growing to additional assist the realm.
No motion was taken in altering the CPR assembly dates or construction.
Through the CPR gathering, Alana Fraley, tobacco use prevention and cessation program director with the Gallia County Well being Division spoke concerning the enhance in use of vapes and the reported risks of the tobacco machine.
Fraley additionally shared that she was just lately licensed as a cessation counselor and CPR might be awarded an $8,000 grant by partnering with the well being division and serving to share info on tobacco cessation.
“More than one out of four high school students [are] vaping,” Fraley mentioned. “And that has actually increased this year.”
Fraley mentioned a typical false impression is that it’s “just vapor or it’s just water.”
“Vaping devices include nicotine, ultra-fine particles, flavors such as dyacetlene — that is linked to serious lung diseases and cancer — volatile organic compounds, cancer causing chemicals, heavy metals — such as nickel, tin and lead — and aerosols,” Fraley mentioned.
Fraley mentioned many can be stunned of what chemical compounds are in vapes.
“The big thing, it’s not vapor, it’s aerosol. It also has embalming fluid in it and that’s the number one leading chemical,” Fraley mentioned.
Fraley mentioned there was a spike in vaping units within the final 5 years in excessive colleges with 11% in 2017 to 21% in 2018 to 27.5% in 2019 and nonetheless rising.
Fraley mentioned the flavoring in vapes enhance the hazards as extra might be inhaled.
“Every time a kid is using these vaping devices, they don’t feel it because it’s flavored,” Fraley mentioned. “So what the flavors do is whenever they’re inhaling it, it’s numbing their throats, so they can just keep inhaling as much as they want. And the chemicals are burning the inside of their lungs.”
Fraley shared quite a lot of totally different vapes and the way in which the units are made to be hidden discretely. She additionally shared that secondhand smoke from vapes is harmful to others identical to cigarette smoke.
For these desirous about quitting smoking or vaping, Fraley mentioned attain out to the Gallia County Well being Division or textual content “Start my quit” to 36072, My Life My Give up.
The subsequent CPR assembly might be Dec. 13 at midday on the Gallia County Well being Division.
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Alana Fraley, tobacco use prevention and cessation program director Gallia County Well being Division offers a presentation on vaping and the reported risks of the machine to CPR members.
Brittany Hively is a employees author for Ohio Valley Publishing. Comply with her on Twitter @britthively; attain her at (740) 446-2342 ext 2555.