#GearUp: Collaborating Around Vape Prevention Efforts Through Media and Policy
Through speaking with community members, school age youth, health providers and service agencies in Stokes we understand that vaping/e-cigarette use by youth is an issue. By attending this session we learned how to inform youth and parents/guardians about the dangers associated with nicotine use by vape devices. We were informed about best practices regarding sharing information to youth to help encourage them to make safer/healthier decisions.
Representatives from Muskegon Drug Free Community shared their success and challenges during their efforts to address vape use by youth in their area. Through their session we were able to gain knowledge on these best practices:
1) Know how to successfully implement coalition activities through social media practices, such as partnership development with local media sectors, and ways to leverage social media platforms.
2) Engage youth in creating messaging, leveraging partnerships and rallying around prevention efforts that result in community change.
3) Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a universal anti-vape school policy that strives for an alternative to suspension.