Following Up

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, we partnered with the Hatboro-Horsham School District to talk with parents about the growing trend of vaping among adolescents.

Thank you for being a part of the Conversation, Hatboro-Horsham!
And thank you to the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation (HHEF) for supporting our programs, and to Hallowell Elementary School for hosting this important event!

The conversation was a great start. Vaping etc. is really scary and on the rise.”

“Great topic. Very informative!

“It was helpful to learn about the intense levels (of nicotine and other chemicals) that are in vape devices, the accessibility/allure of vaping, and some harmful effects that are occurring.”

I was very pleased to hear what is being said and done to have youth aware of the effects. I feel like there are good resources available if we need further information. The key was the fact that parents need to connect, and that kids want that!

Our Panelists

Thank you to our wonderful Panelists for providing their expertise and insight:

  • Selena Morresi, MPH, CTTS, CHES – Student Assistance Program Specialist, Caron Treatment Centers  

  • Patrick Dowling, LPC – Patrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy. He maintains a private practice in West Chester, PA and is a clinical interventionist. Patrick has worked at Caron Treatment Center as an addictions counselor, at Main Line Health as the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health and at Rehab After Work as the Clinical Director. For the last 20 years, Patrick has brought his passion for mental health and addictions recovery to his work with individuals and families. 

  • Lex Remillard, MSW, LCSW – Lex is a trained behavioral health and substance abuse psychotherapist, in both residential, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. He has over 14 years of experience in the field of substance abuse including 10 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults. His area of specialty is opioid dependency and assisting families through this difficult long-term recovery process.  

  • Melanie Swanson, M.Ed., CPS, CTTS – Melanie is a Certified Prevention Specialist at the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania. 


  • Kim Porter, CRS – Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation 

Helpful Information

We are just beginning to learn about the impact of vaping.

“Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes”
New York Times, January 23, 2018

Drug Facts:  Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Teen Vaping Trend – What Parents Need to Know
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Teenagers Embrace JUUL, Saying It’s Discreet Enough To Vape In Class
“Shots” Health News from NPR

Concerns Explode Over New Health Risks of Vaping
Science News for Students

Juul e-cigs: The controversial vaping device popular on school campuses
USA Today

Association Between Initial Use of e-Cigarettes and Subsequent Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents and Young Adults
JAMA Pediatrics (Journal of the American Medical Association)

E-Cigarette use was associated with greater risk for subsequent cigarette smoking initiation and past 30-day cigarette smoking. Strong e-cigarette regulation could potentially curb use among youth and possibly limit the future population-level burden of cigarette smoking.

E-Cigarette Ads Target Millions of Kids, CDC Says
NBC News

Big Vape is Copying Big Tobacco’s Playbook
The Verge

Studies into the argument that vaping leads to smoking cessation continue to have mixed findings. Meanwhile, studies on the health risks of vaping have different results based on whether they were funded by tobacco companies, or non-affiliated public researchers.

2017 Monitoring the Future Survey Results

Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders conducted by researchers at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. Since 1975, the survey has measured how teens report their drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes in 12th graders nationwide; 8th and 10th graders were added to the survey in 1991.

43,703 students from 360 public and private schools participated in the 2017 survey.

>> Explanation of Results

>> View the Infographic

Support for talking with your kids about vaping.

Talk with Your Teen About E-Cigarettes:  A tip sheet for parents.
Surgeon General

How to Talk to Your Teen About Vaping and 10 Facts About E-Cigarettes
Addiction Education Society

Start Talking!
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Video Guides for talking with your teen about substance use.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Suggested links from The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Key Facts
+ Infographic
CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Electronic Cigarettes:  An Overview Of Key Issues
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The Truth About: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
Truth Initiative – Inspiring Tobacco-Free Lives

Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

↓View the Powerpoint that was presented.↓


We would also like to thank:

Kim Porter, CFRS
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