(LOUISVILLE, Ky - October 2, 2019) Looking for a ready-made presentation about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use, or "vaping," to share with students, youth, school staff, and parents or guardians? The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in coordination with Baptist Health Paducah, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Kentucky Youth Advocates, has created two free presentations for use by schools, youth groups, civic organizations and other groups. Representatives from several of these organizations will talk through the presentation slides and answer questions during a one-hour webinar on the afternoon of October 14.

Participants also will learn about resources available in Kentucky for both youth and adults to quit using tobacco products.

The presentations, available now on the Foundation's website here, provide an introduction to the dangers of e-cigarette use by adolescents, teens and young adults, and are designed for use at such events as school parent and staff meetings, youth assemblies, classroom settings, athletic team indoor training sessions, and civic and community meetings. The partners strongly encourage school districts and other organizations that work with youth to follow these introductory presentations with evidence-based tobacco prevention programs, such as the Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit or Catch My Breath.

The presentations and webinar are part of the Foundation's education and advocacy effort to reduce epidemic-level youth e-cigarette use rates in Kentucky, where more than one in four high school seniors and one in seven 8th graders are vaping, according to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention survey.

"Presentations for Youth and Adults on the Dangers of Youth E-Cigarette Use"
Monday, October 14, 2019; 4-5 p.m. (ET)
Register here.

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Pat Withrow, a retired cardiologist who now serves as community outreach director for Baptist Health Paducah. Dr. Withrow speaks at schools throughout Western Kentucky on youth e-cigarette use, using a giant Juul brand e-cigarette to make key points to students.
  • Bonnie Hackbarth, vice president for external affairs at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a tobacco-use reduction policy advocate in the Commonwealth.
  • Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland, MPH, supervisor in the Health Promotion Section at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. She previously was a policy analyst with the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program for seven years.

This webinar is part of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Health for a Change training series, which helps build the capacity of nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth by offering free webinars and in-person workshop son a variety of topics. Information about other Health for a Change events and the archives of recordings, presentations and documents from past events are found on the Foundation's website here.

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.


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Media Contacts:
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
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877-326-2583 (Office)
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Alexa Kerley
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