Save the Date: Anti-Vaping Symposium Set for February 27
MCPS is hosting a virtual anti-vaping symposium from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. The event, which will be open to staff, students, parents, health providers and community members, will provide information on the health risks of vaping and preventative measures and community resources that schools and families may access.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Ruben Baler, health scientist with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He will discuss “The Adolescent Brain and the Vaping Epidemic.” Dr. Baler will speak on how vaping can derail kids’ developmental trajectories, and significantly impact their physical and mental well-being. Dr. Baler will provide critical knowledge to better protect young people from the dangers of vaping.
The event will also feature information from community and governmental organizations and live student panel discussions focused on why students vape and how to support their desire to stop; and showcase student-created anti-vaping public service announcements.
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Christina N. Conolly, MCPS director of psychological services, will serve as event host.