Teen usage of e-cigarettes has recently been identified by the Surgeon General and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an epidemic. Here at Amherst Central Schools, we are taking a proactive approach to provide information to our families and protect our youth.
In an effort to bring a greater awareness to this recent trend among teenagers, we are hosting a Youth E-Cigarette Parent Information Night on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Amherst Middle School. Although geared toward raising awareness for parents of middle and high schoolers, parents of elementary-age students are welcome to attend.
Ashley Dowd and Alexandra Wadhwani from the University at Buffalo Smoking Research Lab who specialize in teenage e-cigarette usage and Sally Yageric from the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse will provide a general overview of e-cigarettes; current trends in Western New York teenage use; why and how teens are using them; samples of e-cig devices; and tips for parents on making their kids aware of the dangers and path to addiction.
As a resource for parents, the district has placed on its website at amherstschools.org/health, a variety of informative articles from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC on the dangers of e-cigarettes.
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