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By Ashtyn Asay – | Dec 1, 2021

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OUTRAGE! and ITAT teams holding the magnets they positioned in class buses on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Ashtyn Asay, Day by day Herald

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These anti-vaping magnets have been positioned on faculty buses on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

Ashtyn Asay, Day by day Herald

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Scholar teams OUTRAGE! and Island Teenagers Advocacy Group got here collectively Wednesday to put anti-vaping magnets on Alpine College District buses.

The Utah Division of Well being reported that in 2019, 15.5% of Utah County college students in grades 8, 10, and 12 had experimented with e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, with 7.6% steadily utilizing e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. In line with college students in OUTRAGE and Island Teen Advocacy Group, they’ve seen this e-cigarette use most steadily on faculty buses. 

In line with Gideon Cline, the president of ITAT at Cedar Valley Excessive College, he noticed youngsters vaping when he rode the bus in center faculty. He hopes that studying the information about vaping will encourage college students to cease. 

“People don’t make such a big deal out of it, but when you figure out all the facts about how bad it is, then that’s when you can kind of see,” Cline stated.  

Putting the magnets, which learn, “No vaping or tobacco use on this bus in accordance with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act waytoquit.org,” in class buses was a student-led initiative. Members of OUTRAGE! and ITAT labored along with the Utah State Well being Division to create the indicators, which they hope will assist to curb tobacco utilization on the bus. 

“I hope it inspires students to stop vaping in general, and especially on school buses, and to also make it a more comfortable place for kids who are going to school,” stated Coleman Jarvis, a youth chief with OUTRAGE! and scholar at Spingville Excessive College.

Members of the scholar teams stated that they’ve skilled different college students vaping on the bus first-hand and that the tobacco use makes them uncomfortable. They’re unable to distance themselves from it within the confined area. 

“These kids said that before on the buses there was a lot of vaping. Kids would be in the back of the buses acting like little bullies blowing smoke at them, and the bus driver of course couldn’t do anything,” stated Joyce Ah You, the chief director of the Queen Heart nonprofit. “In order that they thought, ‘why not put up signs and at least deter them a little bit?’”

According to Sarah Simons, an OUTRAGE! Coordinator, the plan to place anti-vaping magnets on buses has been about three years in the making. 

“It’s been actually thrilling to see all the faculty districts actually come collectively and see the significance of it, after which to see the youth get actually excited and to see that their voices are being heard,” Simons stated. “They see it [vaping] every day, they see it on the bus, they see it in the classroom, they see it in the restrooms, and it’s been really [causing distress] for them, so they are always trying to come up with different things they can do to curb this epidemic that’s going on.” 

With the position of anti-vaping magnets in Alpine County faculty buses, OUTRAGE! and ITAT have efficiently positioned anti-tobacco signage in class buses in all three Utah County faculty districts. 

“I hope that more people will feel comfortable being able to go on buses, and be more knowledgeable about vaping and how it’s targeting teens,” stated Siona Sauvao, a member of ITAT and scholar at Westlake Excessive College. 

ITAT is made up of Pacific Islander college students from throughout Utah Valley. The group focuses on offering culturally significant sources, tobacco prevention, advocacy, and schooling. OUTRAGE! Is an advocacy and prevention youth group for Utah County youth ages 12-18 that started in 2007, and focuses on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. 

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