Risks of youth vaping discussed during town hall

Tyler Wilhoit, Trent Beaudrie, Teagan Johnson, Emily McGaffigan and Kaylee Grimes (not pictured) won first place for their video short “The Juulinator” in a contest hosted by SEA Manistee. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE — Manistee Substance, Education and Awareness Coalition (SEA Manistee) hosted a town hall presentation recently, titled “2 Kuul 2 Juul,” for Manistee County residents, which focused on the risks of youth vaping/e-cigarette use.

Kendall Earhart, Kari Jans, Emily Steinberg and Courtney Kissinger won second place for their video “Best Friends”. SEA Manistee sponsored a video contest as part of its town hall presentation titled “2 Kuul 2 Juul.” (Courtesy photo)

The event took place at the Vogue Theatre, and over 50 people attended including parents, school administrators, teachers, students, local law enforcement and medical professionals.

Dr. Jennifer Palamara, Medical Director at Centra Wellness Network, gave a presentation about how vaping and substance use in general can permanently impact the development of youth’s

brains.

“The longer you can get youth to delay use of substances, the less chance they have at developing an addiction,” Palamara explained. “This is because the brain is rapidly developing and changing between the ages of 7 and 25. After the age of 25 there is only a 1 percent chance of developing an addiction versus 8-40 percent the younger the user. Youth’s brains can be changed by substance use and literally get programmed to become addicted.”

The entertainment of the evening was provided by youth. Eight video shorts created, written, directed and produced by area students were submitted for a contest. All of the videos focused on the risks of vaping.

The audience voted on their top three and cash prizes were awarded for the top three places.

First place went to the video nicknamed, “The Juulinator” by Teagan Johnson, Emily McGaffigan, Trent Beaudrie, Tyler Wilhoit and Kaylee Grimes. Second place went to “Best Friends” by

Takwa Ghennewa and Bruce Mercer (not pictured) won third place for their video “Addiction Cravings.” (Courtesy photo)

Courtney Kissinger, Emily Steinberg, Kari Jans and Kendall Earhart. Third place went to “Addiction Cravings” by Takwa Ghennewa and Bruce Mercer.

These videos taught vaping is not just water vapor, it contains an aerosol and is harmful. It is not safer than smoking combustible cigarettes. Vaping is addictive, it can lead to heart disease and even death.

Throughout the month of June, the Vogue Theatre will be playing these videos during the pre-show. From June 7-13, the third place winner will be shown. From June 14-20, the second place winner will be shown. From June 21-27, the winning first place video short will be shown.

For more information on the SEA Coalition contact facilitator Sarah Garthe at sgarthe@centrawellness.org.

For more information on vaping, visit the National Institute of Health website at newsinhealth.nih.gov/2018/10/what-are-electronic-cigarettes.

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