Vape-Free Faculties Initiative Goals to Finish Tobacco Use in Colorado Excessive Faculties – CBS Denver
(CBS4)– Almost one in five teenagers across the country vape, according to the American Lung Association. Here in Colorado, high school tobacco use is 28%. The American Lung Association is working to reverse this trend through its Vape-Free Schools initiative. The program offers educators training to provide alternatives to suspension to students who use tobacco on school premises.
“The reason we want an alternative to the suspension program is that if you suspend children for using a very addictive substance, they’re more likely to stay home and vape and miss out on educational opportunities,” said Ellen Penrod, executive director of American Lung Association in Colorado.
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The Vape-Free Schools Initiative also offers a ten-week program that guides students through the entire leaving process.
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“If all children stop at the same time, they have peer support to really make it through to the end. One of the things I love about this program is that not only does it help children quit, but it also helps them with peer pressure. It helps them feel better and have a better relationship with their parents because it really is a whole coping mechanism for them. “
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These programs cost $ 400 per school to set up, which is why the American Lung Association created the Vape-Free Schools Scholarship Fund. The goal is to raise $ 400,000 to support 1,000 schools by the end of 2021. Any school can apply for funding. To donate, visit Lung.org/scholarship