’They Lied. We Know.’ initiative visits St. Peter High School for harmful vaping awareness
ST. PETER, Minn. (KEYC) — Officials from Cambria made their case against vaping Thursday inside of St. Peter High School.
The company’s new initiative is called “They Lied. We Know.”
Student leaders presented facts that disprove common misconceptions of e-cigarettes and vaping.
“It wasn’t really around when I was a sophomore, but now it’s become such a big problem," high school senior Sarah Conlon said.
It's a problem for teens across the country.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says between 2017 and 2018, the number of youth who used e-cigarettes increased by 1.5 million, with many directing blame for the vaping epidemic toward the advertising of the product.
“These kids that are trying vaping would’ve never tried smoking,” commented Anne Davis, an official from Cambria.
In 2016, nearly seven out of 10 middle and high school students in America saw advertisements for e-cigarettes, according to the CDC.
“We really saw just an explosion in student use and students who were getting caught while at school vaping,” St. Peter High School Principal Annette Engeldinger said.
Cambria began this presentation just a couple of months ago.
The idea came from conversations in their office among parents who were facing the problem at home, including Sarah Lien, a parent of three high school students.
“It was a very real and relevant conversation we were having for quite some time, maybe over the past year and a half,” Lein said.
Now, “They Lied. We Know.” is set to educate and normalize the conversation for students to make the decision not to vape for themselves.
“I’m not in this alone as a parent, which is a great sense of reassurance,” Lein added.
And there's a reason the presentation revolves around student voices.
“If your listening to a parent versus listening to a friend tell you that something isn’t good for you, I think you would listen to your friend a little closer,” Davis said.
Cambria hopes to bring the program to other schools in the state to spread the message.
For more information about Cambria’s new ‘They Lied. We Know.’ initiative, visit Cambria’s website.
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