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Gov. Hickenlooper Visits South High School

Posted: Nov 30, 2018

South High School Rebels Join Gov. Hickenlooper for ‘Vape-Free November’ Pep Rally
Students highlight vaping dangers in effort to reduce incidents among youth
“Even though some of you may think that vaping is safer – or cooler – than smoking cigarettes, a single pod can contain the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes,”
said Hickenlooper. “I want to raise awareness and implore all of you to participate in Vape-Free November – or Vape-Free December. Pick any month you want!”

Student leaders also highlighted how fellow students can rebel against efforts that target youth. “If you’re going to inhale something, it should probably be oxygen,” joked Marwan, one of
South’s student body presidents, also noting that vaping pods contain 20 chemicals known to cause cancer.

The most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Colorado leads the nation in youth use of vape products.
These products have become increasingly popular in recent years and are the second-most-used substance among Colorado high school students behind alcohol. One in four Colorado teens reports vaping, according to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey.

Also in his words, “East is East, West is West but South is the best!” Thank you Governor Hickenlooper! We agree!
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