Spectrum Health to address vaping and teens…


Digital seminar deliberate for Feb. 10

Submitted to the Pioneer

Spectrum Well being Huge Rapids and Reed Metropolis hospitals is providing a free digital seminar that includes specialists on vaping from the Michigan Division of Well being and Human Providers and Spectrum Well being’s tobacco and nicotine remedy program.

The seminar is from 6 to six:45 p.m. on Feb. 10. Anybody can be a part of on the digital platform from a smartphone or laptop computer. To register, name 231-924-3073 or log on.

Featured specialists are:

• Carolyn Chaudhary, MPH, e-cigarette skilled, MDHHS

• Libby Stern, LMSW, NCTTP, Nationally licensed Tobacco Therapy Specialist, Spectrum Well being

• Caitlin Schucker, CHES®️, Tobacco Therapy Specialist, Spectrum Well being

“Nicotine is one of the Top 5 most addictive drugs known to man, and with vaping and e-cigarette use on the rise, we are facing a significant health challenge among teens and individuals,” said Scott Lombard, manager of community health at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “Nicotine use has been linked to slower brain development in teens and can affect their memory, learning, and self-control.”

“With our free virtual seminar, we hope to equip families and individuals with tools they can use to navigate youth conversations about vaping,” he added. “We will also address social norms and how social media influences youth perception. Our panel of experts are on the frontlines of the effort to reduce vaping and e-cigarette use in local communities, and we are excited to have them share this valuable information.”

Throughout the USA, e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has reached epidemic ranges, threatening to hook a brand new technology of younger individuals on nicotine. In keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, using any tobacco and nicotine product, together with e-cigarettes, is unsafe for younger individuals.

About 1 of each 5 highschool college students reported in 2020 that they used digital cigarettes previously 30 days and about 1 of each 20 center college college students reported in 2020 that they used e-cigarettes previously 30 days, CDC knowledge reveals.

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