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Youth e-cigarette use addressed at Harvest Fest

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ELMO —  On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Tribal Health & Fitness Center in Elmo hosted a Harvest Fest to highlight healthy lifestyle choices and programs.

Family games and prizes, information about tobacco prevention, food preservation, cancer screenings and more were offered.

Tobacco Education Specialists Mark Brookman and Juanita Swaney, from the Lake County Health Department and CSKT Tribal Health, respectively, were present to provide information about youth e-cigarette usage. The event is part of a series of six gatherings aimed at informing parents and students about the risks associated with e-cigarette use.

“Nationwide statistics indicate that more than 27% of middle and high school students admit to using e-cigarettes,” Swaney said. “With approximately 60% acknowledging experimentation with vaping at least once.”

Community health events like the Harvest Fest provide a platform for open discussions about the dangers associated with e-cigarettes and seek to keep parents and children well-informed on the subject.

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