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DOH-Volusia - Teen Vaping Education for Parents Nov. 6

October 23, 2019

Daytona Beach, Fla. - One in five high school students in Volusia County vape. That's according to the 2018 Florida Youth Surveillance Survey conducted by the Florida Department of Health (DOH). That's in sharp contrast to the county's two percent of youth vapers in 2012.

Parents can get the lowdown on the vaping epidemic from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in conference room 516C at the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia), 1845 Holsonback Dr., Daytona Beach. The seminar will help parents to identify the signs of vaping and ways to help their child quit.

Parents will be encouraged to explore a mock teen bedroom to find the hidden vaping devices along with other items that may indicate vaping or other substance abuse.

Vaping is using an electronic cigarette to inhale nicotine or other harmful substances without the smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because electronic cigarettes can look like regular cigarettes, a pen, or other common items, parents may not recognize that their child is using a vaping device.

In 2016, nearly half of Volusia's teens surveyed by the department said they were not sure if e-cigarette use is harmful to their health. Twenty percent said they believe e-cigarettes are not harmful. Only 33 percent know that e-cigarettes are harmful to their health.

Since that survey was conducted, the incidence of e-cigarette use among teens has increased nationally. According to the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration's National Youth Tobacco Survey, the percentage of high school-age children reporting past 30-day use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent between 2017 and 2018. Use among middle school-age children also increased nearly 50 percent.

For more information on the seminar, please call DOH-Volusia's tobacco prevention program at 386-274-0601.

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