Dear Education Leader:
Schools Against Vaping is seeking a three-minute window to share a presentation to your school board, or board of trustees/directors at an upcoming meeting, either online, in-person or to have you present this yourself to your board as an agenda item.
The Schools Against Vaping Team has been making presentations on the national vaping epidemic across the country, offering school boards and boards of trustees an opportunity to join the fight for student body health and/or participate in a class action lawsuit that will ultimately bring funding to districts to help fight this national scourge and bring resources for district cessation programs, designed to restore student body health in public, private, and parochial schools across the USA.
Schools Against Vaping has a two-fold mission:
We are engaged on both fronts and welcome help for either or both tracks.
We are in the process of organizing middle schools, high schools, and two-year institutions of learning across the country in order to combat the e-cigarette marketing that is targeted towards teenagers. Recalling my involvement as Mississippi Teacher of the Year with then Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore’s Tobacco Advisory Council in the National Tobacco Settlement of the late 80s, I have described this current unfair targeting of teenagers as “Joe Camel with a different hump.”
The CoVid-19 danger of teenage vapers revealed in recent Stanford University research mandates that this work now become a priority for our schools. Whether attending school in person or complying with distance learning mode, teenagers who vape are 5 times as likely to contract COVID-19. If they have vaped in the last 30 days, the risk factor increases to 7 times as likely. We must act now to help our students.
The Schools Against Vaping attack on the national teenage vaping epidemic has a three-tiered focus:
Please email us at [email protected] and let us know when you can schedule a Schools Against Vaping presentation for your school board, to review the dangers of the teenage vaping epidemic and to discuss your district’s involvement in the effort to restore student body health.
Feel free to peruse and share our website SchoolsAgainstVaping.org and help us rid our country of this national scourge, originally proposed to be an easy exit from traditional cigarettes. In this case, the cure is definitely worse than the cause! Stay safe and best wishes on this challenging school year.
Michael Marks, National Executive Director
Schools Against Vaping