BLAIRSVILLE name and colors slide

Health and physical education teacher Laura Thompson said about vaping, “It’s all over the news. It’s a huge problem for teenagers.”

This is increasingly true, with e-cigarette use rates among teens reaching alarming rates.

A New England Journal of Medicine study found that approximately 1 in 4 high school seniors have vaped nicotine in the last 30 days, a 14.4 percent increase from its 2017 study. This prevalence, along with the dangers involved, has created a serious issue for youths across the country.

The CATCH program seeks to raise awareness regarding this issue and inform kids about the problems vaping can cause, as a way to discourage kids in local schools from vaping.

When asked how it’s changed her view on vaping, Blairsville freshman Victoria McCully said, “I’ve never liked it, but it changed me to dislike it even more because it can hurt you really badly.”

The program was introduced to Blairsville by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission.