GHS students learn about dangers, misconceptions of vaping

Goshen High School recently hosted members of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (ADAC) of Orange County, who spoke with students about the dangers of e-cigarettes/vaping.

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Prevention Educator Marybeth Tyrrell speaks to students about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

Over a two day period, ADAC Prevention Coordinator MaryAlice Presto and Prevention Educators Marybeth Tyrrell and Christa Hoovler visited classrooms to present to each high school student about the dangers and misconceptions of vaping. According to the Office of the U. S. Surgeon General, e-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it and other additives. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco, and is addictive.

Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including:

  • ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
  • volatile organic compounds
  • heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead

“We are extremely grateful to ADAC for helping us combat this issue and for their commitment to helping young people realize the dangers of vaping and see through its popularity among people their age,” said Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics/Asst. Principal Matt O’Brien.

The high school intends to bring ADAC back annually to speak with students and plans to incorporate annual presentations at the C. J. Hooker Middle School, Goshen Intermediate School and Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School.

“We will continue to leverage our partnerships with local agencies such as ADAC and the Orange County Department of Health to have them present directly to our students as a supplement to our regular Health instruction,” said O’Brien. “We are planning visits from these agencies to each of our schools so that all students will receive the same message in an age-appropriate manner.”

Learn more about the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Orange County.

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Goshen High School faculty with the presenters from ADAC. Back row, from left, Health Teacher Joseph Manaseri, Physical Education Teacher Ed Killenberger, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics/Assistant Principal Matthew O’Brien, Physical Education Teacher Gus Lawson, Physical Education Teacher Mike Tangney, Physical Education Teacher Kiersten Swayne. Front row, from left, ADAC Prevention Educators Marybeth Tyrrell and Christa Hoovler.