Vaping Panel Discussion set for Dec. 17th

Parents with students in grades 6-12 are invited to the panel discussion on vaping
Posted on 11/18/2019
Flyers with information about the high school panel discussion on vaping

By Gary Weckselblatt

Quakertown Community High School has scheduled a panel of experts to discuss the health and societal risks of teenage vaping.

Forty-five-minute presentations “Clearing The Air About Vaping - A Discussion Panel” will be held at 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, December 17th, in the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Students in 9th grade will attend the first session; 11th graders will attend the second.

"Right now we are doing 9th grades and 11th grades based upon need and data of this age group," said School Resource Officer Bob Lee, one of the presenters.

Parents with students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to the two sessions. If you’re a parent with a student in 9th or 11th grades, please consider attending the session your child will be attending.

To gauge parent interest, parents are asked to email Jill West at [email protected] if they plan to attend a panel discussion no later than Dec. 13th.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner has described vaping as “the scourge of this generation” in several television interviews.

The vaping issue has hit Quakertown hard, with two students being found unconscious in school hallways after vaping. The district officially filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of vaping and e-cigarette products on November 1st.

Officer Lee has seen the problem first-hand and helped to organize the panel, which includes:

  • Dr. Nicole Yoder, a doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital, specializing in pulmonary diseases of the lung.
  • Mia Giordano, smoking cessation coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital.
  • Tom Gannon, prosecutor in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in narcotics prosecutions.
  • Lisa Gaier, magistrate for Quakertown District Court, and a practicing attorney. She is responsible for all citations related to vaping.
  • Officer Lee, a member of Quakertown Borough Police since 2004 and SRO for five years.

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or [email protected].

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