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Join FWISD Council of PTAs For Lunch, Vaping Discussion
Spend your lunch hour with Fort Worth ISD parents learning about vaping and its impact on youth!
The Fort Worth ISD Council of PTAs will host a free watch party, “Straight Talk: A Matter of Life and Breath” Panel Discussion, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 25 at Fort Worth ISD’s Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave. Free lunch is being provided for attendees who register here.
The organization is among 25 district-wide PTA councils in Texas streaming the discussion which addresses the nation’s deadly vaping crisis and its impact on youth live from the Texas Capitol. Following the live streaming, FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will address the group, and five to 10 parents will be randomly selected for a small focus group with the superintendent. Attendees may also sign up at the event for a committee taking action to extinguish youth vaping.
Tiffany Rogers, FWISD Council of PTAs president, said the watch party brings awareness to the vaping epidemic and starts local dialogue on taking action against it. The event is among several which have occurred locally about the topic. Ms. Rogers said that what hit home for her at an event last month was a student who urged parents not to count their kids out.
“Most parents don’t think it’s a problem for their kids. I don’t think parents have an awareness of how many kids do it (vape) … and that it affects all our kids,” Ms. Rogers said. “As scary as it sounds for parents to talk to their child … it’s scarier to think about what could happen if they don’t talk to their kids about this. The casualties that could be had are just too great."
Last month, the FWISD Board of Education and City Council approved anti-vaping resolutions advocating for community dialogue on the health risks of vaping and an end to tobacco and nicotine use among youth. The resolutions were passed the same week as local discussions about the topic.
Parents, youth activists, doctors, experts in state research and prevention and a vape survivor are among the individuals slated to participate in the Feb. 25 panel, organized by the Texas Parent teacher Association (Texas PTA) and the American Heart Association from Austin.
More than 5 million students in the United States are using electronic cigarettes and vaping, according to the recent survey conducted by the Food and Drug Administration. Studies show that more than 1-in-4 high school students have used e-cigarettes.
Within recent years, the e-cigarette usage among teens has doubled, leading to a nationwide epidemic. E-cigarette usage and vaping in the last couple years has been linked to multiple deaths and hospitalizations resulting from serious respiratory, heart and cancer-related illnesses.
An e-cigarette is a battery powered device that delivers nicotine and flavorings to its user in the form of aerosol. Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol. Studies show that vaping impacts teenage brain development and causes serious respiratory illnesses that could lead to death.
Parents unable to attend FWISD Council of PTAs’ Feb. 25 watch party but who want to join a committee are encouraged to email email@example.com.