Updates:

Marijuana & Vaping

June 16, 2021

Featured Campaign: Vaping Historietas‍

See our latest campaign about the risks of secondhand vaping. We developed this campaign to address the health risks related to vaping and how it can affect others. The historieta format shares the information through engaging short stories and highlights how vaping can affect children and other family members. The goal is to increase awareness that can lead to a safer home environment, especially for children who may be most vulnerable.

Learn more:

Secondhand Vaping Historietas

English videos: www.vapingfactcheckvc.org

Spanish videos: www.vapeoverificado.org

March 31, 2021

"Marijuana: What You Need to Know" Presentation

CVUSD's BreakThrough Student Assistance Program and The Conejo Schools Foundation gave a  workshop for parents and students on Tuesday, March 23 on "Marijuana: What You Need to Know." Presentations were given by professionals from Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Ventura County Behavioral Health and the Thousand Oaks Police Department followed by a Q&A. This workshop was for all CVUSD Parents/Guardians and students 12 years of age and older.

See the presentation at https://youtu.be/EXkoaikkkVQ

Learn more:

Marijuana FactCheck

www.mjfactcheck.org

March 19, 2021

March Parent/Guardian Workshop: "Marijuana: What You Need to Know"

Please join CVUSD's BreakThrough Student Assistance Program and The Conejo Schools Foundation for an online workshop on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:00 PM - "Marijuana: What You Need to Know."

Presentations will be given by professionals from Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Ventura County Behavioral Health and the Thousand Oaks Police Department followed by a Q&A.

This workshop is open to all CVUSD Parents/Guardians and students 12 years of age and older. A presentation will be given by Erika Fernandez, SUS Prevention Services, Community Services Coordinator.

Learn more:

Register

March 9, 2021

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® 2021

March 22-28, 2021

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction.

Teens may be seeking coping mechanisms to handle the increased stress that has come with many changes and challenges in their daily lives. Teens also need resources to develop the necessary skills to make informed decisions about their health.

Learn more:

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®  

National Institute on Drug Abuse

https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week

February 8, 2021

2021 Teens Kick Ash Virtual Conference

Teens Kick Ash is intended to develop the next generation of tobacco-free advocates. Through hands-on training and team-building activities, middle and high school students from all over Ventura County learn about e-products and other tobacco-related health risks. They do this while networking with peers on how to effect positive change in their own behavior, in their schools, and within their communities. The conference teaches students about nicotine addiction and the e-product and tobacco industry’s marketing strategies to attract young people.

Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE)

February 23 & 25, 2021

For information: www.vcoe.org/health/tka

November 13, 2020

Featured Resource: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Mind Matters Series

The Mind Matters series is a resource for teachers. Each booklet is devoted to a specific drug or drug group. Hard copies of the booklets in English can be ordered for free and both English and Spanish booklets are available online as printable PDFs. There is an accompanying Teacher’s Guide which includes background information and activities to enhance students’ learning.

> Learn more at NIDA.

November 2, 2020

Teens, Vaping and COVID-19

Vaping puts teens and young adults at much higher risk of COVID-19

  • A Stanford University study found that young people who have ever vaped are at 5X higher risk for being diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Youth believe their age protects them from COVID-19, but data show this is not true for those who vape.

Why teens and young adults?

  • Sharing vapes with friends can increase infection rate
  • COVID-19 can spread by hand-to-mouth touching during vaping
  • Youth who vape in a group usually don’t distance or wear masks
  • Vaping or smoking weakens and scars lungs and may lower resistance
  • Vape aerosol may have virus-containing droplets

Research also shows:

  • Users of vapes and cigarettes are 7X more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Vapers are also at risk for EVALI and other harmful lung diseases

Now is the time to be someone who NEVER vapes.

How to Quit Vaping

Learn more:

Vaping FactCheck

Sources:

  • Davies, N.G., Klepac, P., Liu, Y. et al. Age-dependent effects in the transmission and control of COVID-19 epidemics. Nat Med 26, 1205–1211 (2020).
  • Gaiha, S. M., Cheng, J., & Halpern-Felsher, B. (2020). Association Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019. Journal of Adolescent Health.