Parents, kids, educators learn about dangers of e-cigarettes

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It was a packed room on Monday full of parents, their kids, teachers, and guidance counselors wanting to know more about the long-term effects from e-cigarettes on kids and teens. Researchers at Yale University, as part of their presentation, Vaping 101, say it’s just too early to know how dangerous they can be. 

Helene Garrick’s twins are in middle school, but head to high school in Guilford next year. She says their classmates are already testing the waters. 

“I know they’re easy to conceal, they have a lot of different flavors that appeal to younger children, so [I] want to learn what I can,” Helene Garrick said.  

Mary Mensing has two middle schoolers and came to Monday night’s presentation about vaping because she wants to know what to say to her kids about the long-term effects of e-cigarettes. 

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“I know this is a rising thing kids are doing and I don’t know a lot about it and wanted to learn more about the risks and why kids decide to do it,” Mensing told News 8.  

Researchers at Yale say many of the long-term effects just aren’t known yet because e-cigarettes haven’t been studied for years and it’s possible we won’t really know how deadly they are until the damage has been done. 

Carolyn Vanacore is a mother and a middle school counselor. 

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“I am concerned this is going to become the new cigarettes for this generation,” Vanacore said. “I have learned over the past six years from my own kids and from the kids I see in middle school that vaping has become a pretty big concern and that kids are very misinformed about it. They don’t realize the risks and hazards. Whatever information I can gather and tools I can get to use with my students and my own kids to keep them educated – the better.” 

Health experts say the later smoking is put off, the less likely someone will be to pick it up and the less likely they will become addicted. 

Yale University has been studying e-cigarettes and the risks for children and teens for five years.  

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