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March declared "Vaping Awareness Month"

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - The Sallisaw Now Coalition held two proclamation signings last week on the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library lawn.

City of Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens was present to sign the proclamations and began by declaring March as "Vaping Awareness Month."

The signing of the proclamation is intended to raise awareness of the vaping crisis and encourage youth to avoid vaping for their own health.

Studies show youth who vape are more likely to become smokers. In 2022, 2.5 million American teenagers used e-cigarettes, with Oklahoma high school students accounting for 27.8%.

Vaping can be harmful to the cells of the lungs as the vapor produced contains cancer-causing substances. The nicotine in vapes and e-cigarettes can also harm brain development in areas responsible for learning, memory, and attention.

Mayor Martens also signed a separate proclamation declaring the week of March 20–24 as Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.

The proclamation urges all citizens to participate in planned activities to assist youth with any and all questions they may have related to drugs and alcohol.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institute of Health, in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as other federal and private partner organizations, sponsor National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week.

The goal of drug and alcohol facts week is to encourage teens to ask questions about the dangers of drugs, drug abuse, alcohol, and alcoholism.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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