Nordonia High School launching week-long ‘Escape the Vape’ campaign

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MACEDONIA, Ohio — Nordonia High School has launched a school-wide campaign aimed at educating students about vaping and encouraging them not to use e-cigarettes.

School officials say the week-long “Escape the Vape” campaign includes a school-wide assembly, simulators, community fair and other educational opportunities focused on making good choices regarding substance use, including vaping.

This comes after the FDA called teen vaping use an “epidemic” earlier this week and the Ohio Department of Health released numbers indicating an increase in cases related to e-cigarettes and lung disease.

The school, citing anti-vaping arguments, says vaping was originally marketed as a way for adults to stop smoking, but the lure of fruity flavors and the appearance that this was a healthy alternative to smoking, quickly drew teenagers to the product.

“This is an issue that impacts the overall health and safety of our kids. We want to do everything we can to help them overcome nicotine addiction, not just for their overall well-being, but so that they can come to school ready to learn,” Nordonia High School Principal Casey Wright said in a press release.

The “Escape the Vape” campaigns runs from October 14 – 19.  Here’s a breakdown of the events associated with the campaign:

  • October 7: “The Dangers of Vaping” by Dr. Benjamin Boswell from University Hospitals Parent Night (A podcast of this presentation available under ‘The Nordonia Project’ on Podbean Podcast.)
  • October 14: Vape Education for Parent PDF Presentation emailed
  • October 15: Ways to Escape the Vape Lunch Activity
  • October 16: Vape Education Lesson
  • October 17: ‘I Promise’ Table at lunch
  • October 18: Amnesty Day – vape turn in and how to quit resources.
    Social Media posts (Facebook and Twitter)
    ‘Escape the Vape’ Media Print Campaign
  • October 28: Dr. Joe Clark will be doing a Facebook live event with the Summit County Health Department and the DEA in conjunction with Aurora, Twinsburg and Community Focus

This campaign follows Nordonia High School’s “Safe Decisions Week.”

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