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Poe Center plans sessions on vaping, e-cigarettes for parents, youth this month

Raleigh, N.C. — As part of its #YouthCulture series, the Poe Center for Health Education will host a session on e-cigarettes and vaping for parents and kids this month.

E-Cigarettes 101 is 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 21, at the Poe Center near downtown Raleigh. At the same time, the center will host a youth program that also will address the dangers of the electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarette use among teens is on the rise. According to one recent report, nearly one-third of teens say they vape. Nearly two-thirds of teen users say they think it’s part of a “heathy life.”

Most e-cigarettes, however, contain nictotine, which can harm adolescent brain development, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens who vape also are more likely to smoke actual cigarettes later on.

At the Poe Center, the adult session will address the growing concern of e-cigarettes and youth, according to the website. Participants will learn about the latest research and explore adolescent brain development and effects of e-cigarettes. They’ll also learn about the risk factors for use and the protective factors that help prevent use. Attendees will leave with resources and strategies to help teens make the right decision.

At the session for youth, participants will learn about the addictive nature of nicotine and how addiction impacts the brain. The session also will address risk factors for addictive behaviors, substance addiction warning signs and the signs of a nicotine medical emergency.

The Poe Center’s website has more information about the sessions and how to sign up.

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