Vaping is Nicotine began with a grant from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Section
Early in 2018, Alison Cox and Sandra Parker were approached by Livingston County Catholic Charities to take the lead on a collaborative anti-vaping grant offered by the Tobacco Section of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The goals of the grant included, advocating for anti-vaping ordinances, encouraging schools to adopt “vape-free” campuses, and providing education on the dangers of vaping. A resource manual was developed and distributed to schools and community partners to educate youth and their parents on the dangers of vaping. Youth actively participated in the creation of a media campaign. The media campaign, Vaping is Nicotine, included billboards, posters, and community presentations.
Youth Vaping EPIDEMIC
In 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued an advisory call to action. Surgeon General Adams called on parents and teachers to educate themselves and local authorities to use strategies and restrictions to discourage vaping by young people.
1 in 5 High School students reported using e-cigarettes in the last month
More HS students use e-cigarettes more than regular cigarettes
The use of e-cigarettes is higher among HS students than adults
Rates of use continue to climb and exceed national data
Karen Bergbower & Associates (KBA) received funding from Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan to provide the following evidence-based prevention strategies:
Educational Presentations Strategic Planning
Policy Change Vaping is Nicotine Media Campaign CATCH My Breath Technical Assistance
Training Youth Engagement
These strategies will address the identified contributing factors of easy access, norms that support use, perceived peer pressure, and low perception of harm.
CALL to ACTION
We are looking for community partners and hope you will join us. We are able to meet with you individually or in small groups to discuss how we can work together to prevent and reduce youth vaping. We can also present to your group, organization, or coalition.
Alison Cox is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and a Licensed Community Prevention Specialist. Alison completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan. In her therapeutic role, Alison sees clients of all ages but specializes in children and adolescents. Alison also works at the Designated Youth Tobacco Use Representative (DYTUR) for the region. The DYTUR provides vendor education to tobacco retailer, follow that up with compliance checks, and provides tobacco education/presentations to schools and community groups. With the new vaping epidemic the presentations have become more focused on vaping than traditional tobacco. Alison is excited to bring the “Vaping is Nicotine” program to the community!
Sandra Parker is a Prevention Specialist for Karen Bergbower & Associates. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2013. She has an extensive background working in substance use disorders, including prevention and recovery education. Working with youth, adolescents and students, has always been her passion. As a Prevention Specialist, Sandra provides a variety of resources, including leading educational support groups and curriculum-based support groups,. As the Youth-Led Prevention Coordinator, she has the pleasure of facilitating and working alongside our youth on activities and events throughout the community. Considering vaping is the ‘hot topic’ in prevention right now, Sandra is excited about collaborating within the community and surrounding region on the Regional Vaping Prevention Initiative.
We would like to thank the following coalitions for joining us on this campaign: