The Community Health Council of Lebanon County will hold a panel presentation for local parents and caregivers about youth vaping Oct. 20 at Cedar Crest High School.

The free panel presentation will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Crest High School Auditorium at 115 E. Evergreen Road. To register in advance, visit the event website.

Community Health Council executive director Nikki Maurer Gray said that vaping nicotine is a huge issue across Lebanon County.

“Too many adults think vaping isn’t a big deal, or that it’s not that bad for our kids,” said Maurer Gray in a press release. “We need the community to understand why vaping is dangerous for our children.

“Our goal is for parents and caregivers to understand that our youth have become addicted to nicotine.”

Panel participants will include a pediatrician, a prevention specialist, and a mental health professional. Organizers note that some content may not be appropriate for children. Topics covered will include why vaping is bad for kids, and how it’s different from adult vaping, as well as vape culture, trends, and technology. The link between teen vaping and mental health will also be discussed.

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