Mauiʻs First Youth Vaping Forum to Feature National Experts

October 9, 2019, 4:58 PM HST · Updated October 9, 4:58 PM
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‘Clearing the Cloud’ Symposium Addresses Youth Vaping Epidemic

Malika Dudley talks with Katie Folio from the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai'i to discuss the vaping "epidemic" on Maui County. On Friday, October 11, more than 150 parents, students, educators, law makers, public health experts, law enforcement officials, and advocates will attend Maui County’s first-ever symposium addressing the rise and health risks of youth vaping.Details: http://mauinow.com/?p=312741

Posted by MauiNow.com on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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An estimated 26 percent of high schoolers and 16 percent of middle schoolers currently smoke e-cigarettes, according to state data.

To address this rise in youth vaping, over 150 parents, students, educators, governmental officials, and experts will convene for Maui Countyʻs first-ever “Clearing the Cloud” symposium on Friday.

Organizers say the forum will discuss the health risks of youth vaping.

During the event, the Maui Nui Youth Council will recognize young local advocates for their tobacco prevention efforts.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Namahana Dining Hall at the Kamehameha Schools Maui elementary campus.

Here is the symposium schedule:

5:05 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.:Keynote speaker, Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher of Stanford University.

6:40 p.m.: The Maui Nui Youth Council will present its Youth Advocacy Awards.

7 p.m. to 7:25 p.m.: The closing panel and Q&A featuring Dr. Halpern-Felsher, Trish La Chica, Dr. Dean Felsher, Maui Nui Youth Council representative Tyler Fisher, School Resource Officer Brandon Phillips, Akamai Recovery Director Jeffrey H. Chester, and Kalama Intermediate School Principal Timothy Shim.

Click here to register.

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