After countless debates about the harmful effects of vaping, the Texas Department of State will come to 10 schools to inform students about vaping with an anti-vaping exhibit. The event will take place on Monday, March 23 in the cafeteria from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.
“I think it’s important for the health of our students [because] there is so much pressure to try this,” Communities in Schools traditional site coordinator Stacy Teague said. “It’s really hard to say no when you don’t have all the facts and this event is going to give all the facts students [don’t know].”
While visiting the exhibit, students will learn about the harmful ingredients in e-cigarettes by visiting a VAP Juice Bar, participate in interactive games like the wind tunnel and receive the opportunity to write on a graffiti wall to inspire others not to vape.
“This will be probably one of the best exhibits that show you how vaping can harm you,” Student Council Allison Stamey said. “We do some type of vaping project to teach about vaping and I think this is the most effective thing we’ve done. This is the first time we’ve done this and [had it] available.”
Counselor Maria Ortiz hopes by coming to this exhibit, students will gain new perspectives on vaping. She hopes students will take the information they learn seriously as the decision to vape is a choice which can leave lifelong consequences.
“The content they’re presenting is something our kids need to hear over and over again,” Ortiz said. “[I hope] they come back and we have an opportunity for the next generation of LHS kids to [receive this information].”