MEDIA ADVISORY: Preventing the Next Generation of Addiction: NKY Health Plans Forum to Educate the Public on the Dangers of Youth E-Cigarette Use

January 13, 2020


Contact: Laura Brinson

Preventing the Next Generation of Addiction:
NKY Health Plans Forum to Educate the Public on the Dangers of Youth E-Cigarette Use

FLORENCE, Ky. — The Northern Kentucky Health Department and other community partners are planning a forum titled, “Prevent the Next Generation of Addiction: A Forum to Stop Youth Vaping” to educate parents and those who work with youth on the dangers associated with youth e-cigarette use.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Ignite Institute, located at 37 Atlantic Ave., Erlanger, Ky.

The event will feature a keynote presentation from a mother whose child was diagnosed with vaping-related lung illness, as well as a panel of educators, physicians, and other professionals discussing how adults can talk with youth about not using e-cigarettes, what is being done at the state and regional levels to prevent youth e-cigarette use, and resources to help youth quit. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end. For more information on the event, visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/individual-health/e-cigarettes/

“The increase in youth e-cigarette use is alarming,” according to NKY Health’s District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH. “Youth and parents need to know e-cigarette use is not harmless. Youth e-cigarette use increases the risk of addiction due to the high nicotine content in e-cigarette liquids. It can also lead to long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health.”

According to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey, 20.3% of Northern Kentucky 10th graders reported e-cigarette use in the past month, up from 7.7% in 2016.

In December, the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health passed a resolution directing the Northern Kentucky Health Department to educate the public about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, as well as advocate for policies that prevent e-cigarette use and provide resources to help people quit. For a copy of the resolution, visit https://bit.ly/2Fz37dn

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department provides high-quality public health services to more than 400,000 residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties, with a goal of preventing disease, promoting wellness and protecting against health threats. The Health Department seeks to be a nationwide leader in public health and was one of the first in the country to earn national public health accreditation. For more information, visit www.nkyhealth.org.