Students team up with experts to address vaping

More than 40 students worked with a team of experts recently to develop innovative ideas to reduce the number of non-smokers taking up vaping.

The event, held at Markville Secondary School, gave students the opportunity to connect and problem solve with professionals from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Regional Municipality of York Public Health and York Regional Police. Students learned about the risks associated with vaping, and used what they learned to develop innovative ideas to help reduce the number of youth vaping.

Students reported that they enjoyed the collaborative approach to problem solving, as well as the opportunity to work with community partners and provide input into solving problems that affect youth.

“I think today caused a complete change in how we think about decision making,” says Arthur Chen, a student Markville S.S.

Alexa Berman, another Markville S.S. student, says “This experience was very effective. I learned so much and I collaborated effectively with others,” said Alexa Berman, student Markville S.S.

The students are enrolled in the Business or Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Majors program at Markville S.S. This event is one of several the board is offering this year in collaboration with community organizations to support innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship training.

“We applaud the students and staff at Markville S.S. for tackling one of the most challenging health issues for teens head on,” said Karen Trainoff, Director of Mission, Heart & Stroke. “These discussions are important as we know that studies show that kids who vape are four times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes. We’re thrilled to be a part of such an innovative, youth-led initiative.”

Photo: Markville Secondary School students learned about the risks associated with vaping.

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