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Chemical health event focusing on teen anti-vaping effort set for April 16 at the district's Educational Service Center

antivaping event flyer info graphic Anoka-Hennepin parents and guardians, are you aware of the recent rise in teen vaping?

Studies have shown that teen vaping is a growing concern. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) states that in the past year alone, vaping among high schoolers has increased by 78 percent. The University of Michigan also indicates that one in three high school seniors has tried vaping in the past year.

The district is hosting an informational event from 6-8 p.m., on April 16, at the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Service Center (ESC), located at 2727 N Ferry St., in Anoka. View the event flier and watch NorthMetro TV coverage.

Come and learn more about what an e-cigarette is, what different types of vaping devices are available and how to spot them, and how to talk to your teens about the risks and consequences of vaping.

Getting the facts
E-cigarettes have been marketed as containing zero percent nicotine, but have actually been found to contain nicotine according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development.

In addition to nicotine, the aerosol produced by e-cigarettes is not just harmless “water vapor.” The liquid that produces the aerosol that is vaped can contain harmful chemicals, such as diacetyl (a chemical linked to a serious lung disease), heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead, and other cancer-causing substances.

Learn more about this topic at the event and hear directly from experts from the American Lung Association, and Know the Truth, a prevention program through the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.

The evening will include a resource fair, a presentation, and a panel discussion with district experts. Cookies and refreshments will also be provided. Learn more at ahschools.us/antivaping.

In addition to April 16 chemical health informational event, this week Andover High School HOSA students helped raise awareness during their ‘Kick Butts Day’ event where students learned about the dangers of tobacco use, and pledges from students were made calling for the ban of all flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigarettes and cigars, e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes.