Clearing the Air About Vaping – Upper Perkiomen School District

Clearing the Air About Vaping – Upper Perkiomen School District

Following Up

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, we partnered with the Upper Perkiomen School District and Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol to talk with parents about the growing trend of vaping among adolescents.

“I was surprised to learn about the amount of dangerous chemicals in vape. (Aside from THC and marijuana)

“The entire presentation was terrific

“I loved Patrick’s Family Values!

↓View the Powerpoint that was presented.↓

Our Presenters

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

  • Selena Morresi, MPH, CTTS, CHES – Student Assistance Program Lead 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. 


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

Helpful Information

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

2 Million US Teens Are Vaping Marijuana
US News & World Report, September 17, 2018

Juul, the Vape Device Teens are Getting Hooked on, Explained
VOX, August 17, 2018

Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
FDA US Food & Drug

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

E-cigarette Sellers Turn to Scholarships to Promote Brands
Associated Press, June 8, 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

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)


Upper Perkiomen
School District

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Kim Porter, CFRS
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