As schools reopen for in-person learning, superintendents will need to turn their attention to another public health emergency—the use of e-cigarettes by children. Youth e-cigarette use continues to be an epidemic with 3.6 million U.S. kids using e-cigarettes, including 1 in 5 high school students (19.6%). There is also mounting concern among leading public health organizations and experts that smokers and e-cigarette users may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To protect our students’ health and reduce the risk of severe complications from COVID-19, youth smokers and e-cigarette users need to make every effort to quit. What can school leaders do to address students’ addiction to these products? How should school leaders incorporate potential student vaping issues into their school reopening plans?
In this webinar, attendees will hear from Caroline Goncalves Jones, director of advocacy and outreach for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, about current youth tobacco use, the efforts underway to address it and how superintendents can get involved. Participants will also hear from Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., superintendent of Niskayuna (N.Y.) Central School District, about the steps he has taken to reduce youth tobacco use in his district.