EmPoWER Youth Advisory Board, coordinated by EmPoWER Somerset, is continuing their virtual education series for teens and parents with “Escape the Vape” on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Registration is required to receive the zoom link for this free event and participating teens must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
Robb Holladay, a widely acclaimed motivational speaker, will lead an engaging presentation on the dangers of vaping, JUUL and tobacco products and dispel common myths and misleading advertising messages. Holladay has presented to thousands of students throughout the US and Canada and has been featured on TV, radio and various news outlets. Mariana Gomez, a Tobacco Treatment Specialist at the RWJ Barnabas Health Nicotine and Tobacco Recovery Program, will also share information on local quitting resources and services.
EmPoWER Somerset is collaborating with several community partner organizations to offer this event, including the Safe Communities Coalition, Community in Crisis, Atlantic Health System Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Incorruptible.us. According to Hackensack Meridian Health, provider of a Take Vape Away grant making this program possible, young people who vape are five to seven times more likely to be infected with COVID-19. Empower Somerset works to empower individuals and families to make positive lifestyle choices by promoting healthy communities through education, collaboration, and connections to resources. The agency coordinates the EmPoWER Youth Advisory Board, a group of approximately 25 middle and high school student leaders from throughout central New Jersey working to address challenging issues that impact their generation. This event is part of their ongoing virtual education series for teens and parents.
Katie Hoben and Aarti Patel, Empower Somerset Health and Wellness Program Associates, are the co-advisors of the Empower YAB, providing guidance and support to the student members. “This topic is so important because there are many misunderstandings about vaping. It’s not water vapor as some teens mistakenly think,” said Patel. “People who vape are inhaling chemicals like formaldehyde, as well as toxic metal particles like nickel and lead.”
In addition to learning important information and resources, teens who attend this event will also have a chance to win door prizes and giveaways including a pair of Apple Airpods. For more information about this event or the Empower Youth Advisory Board, contact Katie Hoben at Katie@empowersomerset.com or Aarti Patel at Aarti@empowersomerset.com or call 908-722-4900.