Free Lunch and Learn: E-cigarettes and vapes and the dangers they pose for youth


Winona County PartnerSHIP (SHIP: Statewide Health Improvement Partnership) is pleased to partner with BetterYou Health & Fitness to offer a free Lunch and Learn to increase community awareness of the dangers of youth use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products, like JUUL. The event will be held at the Tandeski Center, 1200 Storrs Pond Road, Winona, on Monday, October 22, from 12-1 p.m.

Youth e-cigarette use has risen dramatically in Minnesota in the last three years, with an almost 50-percent increase in high school student e-cigarette use since 2014. This is a major public health concern. Youth use of nicotine increases their risk of addiction, and can make them more susceptible to addiction to tobacco products and other substances in the future.

Presenter Liz Heimer is a tobacco specialist with the American Lung Association, and will cover the newest and most innovated tobacco products marketed to youth. Nearly all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and popular e-cigarettes, like JUUL, are sleek and concealable and often used in schools by students. These products also come in fruit and candy flavors, which appeal to youth, and many are low-cost.

Community members will have a chance to see a variety of these kid-friendly tobacco products up close and will leave with more knowledge on the dangers of these addictive products.

Space is limited. Please register at or by calling 507-474-9825.

Through a comprehensive approach to local opportunities and challenges, SHIP strives to make healthy options more accessible for everyone who lives in, works in, plays in and visits Winona County.

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