Where There’s Smoke, There’s Forums: Summit Planned to Discuss Vaping Epidemic

Local and state health officials, community groups and elected officials will come together next week to co-host a community forum educating the public about the growing e-cigarette and vaping epidemic.

“Vaping is a growing problem in our public school system,” said State Rep. Rachel Prusak , a Democrat from West Linn. “Our students are being targeted by vaping companies and are developing a (potentially) lifelong addiction. There is a lot of misinformation around the safety of vaping and our goal is to bring life-saving information to our communities.”

The free event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at The Commons at Tualatin High School, 22300 SW Boones Ferry Road.

“The growing problem requires a comprehensive response, and we all have a role to prevent youth from developing a life-long addiction to nicotine,” said Clackamas County Tobacco Prevention and Education Program Coordinator Jamie Zentner.

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The event will include a diverse panel of experts and elected officials to discuss the issue, including Rep. Prusak, Rep. Andrea Salinas and State Sen. Rob Wagner, along with representatives from the Oregon Health Authority, American Cancer Society, Clackamas County Public Health, Washington County Public Health and the Providence Rebels, a student-led organization focused on eradicating and preventing tobacco use among teens and young adults.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the discussion and learn more about vaping and how the use of e-cigarettes by youths can be reduced.

This event is a collaborative effort between the offices of the involved elected officials, Clackamas and Washington counties, OHA, ACS, Community Living Above, Tualatin Together and Tigard Turns the Tide.

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