The Colorado Sun shared that Colorado has the highest youth vaping rates in the entire country. https://coloradosun.com/2019/02/27/cigarettes-all-over-again-colorado-has-the-highest-youth-vaping-rate-in-the-country/?fbclid=IwAR0LaxiKwO0q4ljDik8IF-OfIu9SzyxGRbMjDS7rLj7OiDSdG8mfdEy7Qag
This is not something to be proud of and we need to address it. This is something all parents need to take action on. SJK Jr. (now in high school) calls the bathrooms at school the vaping room with toilets. This is not a reflection on her school, this is a reflection of what every high school is looking like at this point and middle schools are finding it to be a problem as well.
EMPOWER YOUR KIDS!
Are your kids too afraid to “tell?” Download the Safe2Tell app or go to the website and have them submit a tip as to who has it, who is providing it, and/or where others are doing it. https://safe2tell.org/?q=submit-anonymous-tip-report
Our legislators, including two from Jeffco, Representative Chris Kennedy and Representative Kerry Tipper, ran HB19-1033 (the bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature now) to help and support local jurisdictions in battling the problem.
“Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the bill authorize a county to enact a resolution or ordinance that prohibits a minor from possessing or purchasing cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products. Sections 1 and 2 also authorize a county to impose regulations on cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products that are more stringent than statewide regulations, including prohibiting sales to a person under 21 years of age, and section 4 expressly authorizes a county to enact a resolution or ordinance regulating the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to minors. Section 3 expressly authorizes a statutory or home rule city or town to enact an ordinance regulating the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to minors.”
To deal with this issue at home, parents need to be having conversations with their kids. Tobacco Free Jeffco has several resources for us to use:
“How can I tell if or what kids are vaping?
Our teachers and staff are trying to help with this issue but, let’s be honest, our role as parents is far more impactful and important in stopping this activity. Everyone needs to have conversations with their kids, frequently.
Here are a few more resources to read as well as videos that you can watch with your kids:
Start the Conversation
Sometimes adults need help to start the conversation about health topics they’re not familiar with, like e-cigarettes. This tip sheet offers ideas for conversation starters, if you need a little help. Print it for yourself or share it with your children. Ask them what they think after reading the tip sheet.