Video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
Huron High Schools Health Science Class continued the tradition of marking the Great American Smoke Out by educating classmates and staff about the dangers of tobacco use.
Students set up outside the cafeteria for four hours talking to and interacting with other students, who received surveys, prizes, and wrist bands for their participation.
” The Great American Smoke Out is an important event my students sponsor every year,” said Health Science instructor Lynn Boland. “Students helping educate their peers on a very socially relevant topic is a powerful tool to change behaviors and to reinforce what my students have been learning. I am so proud of all their hard work in preparing but also the passion, compassion and conviction they have about this topic and the care and concern they all expressed in talking to their peers.”
According to a press release issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 5, 2019, 2,051 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The CDC points out that 39 deaths have been confirmed in 24 states and the District of Columbia: Alabama, California (3), Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia (3), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Kansas (2), Massachusetts (2), Michigan, Minnesota (3), Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania, Tennessee (2), Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
The median age of deceased patients was 53 years and ranged from 17 to 75 years. For updates on this investigation, visit www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.