According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 4 high school students are using e-cigarettes, including 50 percent of 12th-graders. They’re not only harmful, but their use has hit epidemic proportions.
Regional health-care leader Essentia Health will join community partners this month in holding special panel presentations on electronic cigarettes and the rise in teen tobacco use.
The sessions — “Vaping, Juuling, Suring: The New Addiction Hidden in Plain Sight” — are free and open to the public.
The first panel discussion will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Mesabi East High School, 601 N. 1st St. W. It is presented by Essentia Health, the Mesabi East School District, the American Lung Association and St. Louis County. Essentia Respiratory Therapist Lisa Goerdt and Community Health Specialist Jenna Ballinger will be on the panel, along with Mesabi East School Resource Officer Stephanie Mathison and Amanda Casady of the American Lung Association.
Two presentations are scheduled – from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the media center at Virginia High School, 411 S. Fifth Ave. They’re presented by Essentia Health, the Virginia School District, the American Lung Association and St. Louis County. The speakers include Goerdt, Casady, Virginia School Resource Officer Jessie Holecek and Elaine Hammond of the Laurentian Medical Clinic.