To the editor:

It’s summer, the commonwealth is opening up, people are socializing, and now is a good time to talk with your teens about vaping.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, recently launched a vaping education campaign for youth: Facts. No Filters.

The campaign gives youth the facts about the dangers of vaping, tips to help them talk to friends, and resources to quit.

This campaign builds awareness and offers adults a jumping off point for conversation about youth vaping. The campaign includes paid ads that use a series of short digital videos on Instagram, Snapchat, Connected TV, Google and other websites.

Young people will hear how vapes have nicotine in them and are highly addictive, and how this leads to negative impacts on the brain, as well as their physical and mental health.

Teens will be encouraged to support their friends who may be struggling with vaping and to connect them to free quit services for youth.

The videos are fun, fast-moving and colorful. They were tested with Massachusetts youth of different ages with the goal of encouraging young people to quit.

Help spread the word and the videos this summer by going to mass.gov/vaping to find the facts and resources.

A corresponding parent education campaign will launch soon at GetOutraged.org. Learn more about the youth campaign at mass.gov/vaping and @GetTheVapeFacts on Instagram or by contacting me at ashley.hall@glfhc.org

Ashley Hall

Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership

Methuen

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