Bringing awareness to communities on the dangers of tobacco and vaping

February 20, 2024

The Paso del Norte Tobacco Control Network, in partnership with the Unified Prevention Coalition of Doña Ana County, collaborated to form the Doña Ana Vaping Awareness Subcommittee in 2023.

The subcommittee identified five communities in Doña Ana County, including Anthony, Santa Teresa, Chaparral, Hatch, and Las Cruces, to provide outreach events to educate parents/caregivers and youth on the topic of youth vaping and connect families to resources to help youth quit using these highly addictive products.

In early February, the subcommittee joined the City of Las Cruces’s Youth Development and Diversion Program to present the Gadsden Independent School District School Board with a collage of the youth’s artwork from outreach events in Santa Teresa and Chaparral.

The Paso del Norte Tobacco Control Network is spearheaded by the Health Foundation’s Smoke-Free Paso del Norte Initiative with support from Action for Healthy Kids. To learn more about Smoke-Free Paso del Norte, click here.

Photo: DA Subcommittee Members and Gadsden ISD School Board

PDNHF Initiative: A Smoke-Free Paso del Norte

Although current youth smoking rates have decreased, the use of electronic cigarettes and youth vaping has now overtaken smoking. According to the recent National Youth Tobacco Survey, E-cigarettes were the most commonly ever used tobacco product overall. Less is known about vaping, but science confirms that nicotine negatively affects the adolescent brain and is addictive. E-cigarette use among youth also is linked with use of other tobacco products as well as alcohol and marijuana abuse.

Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.

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