“This is a serious issue that needs national attention and South Australia will be leading the charge in getting this on the national agenda,” said Boyer. “We’re keen to be proactive and forward-thinking as a state government and work collaboratively with the commonwealth to ensure the health and wellbeing of our young people.”
Similarly, Health Minister Chris Picton said that vaping is clearly becoming more of a problem and increasingly prevalent in schools. “We want to do what we can at a state level to protect our children and reduce the harms caused by e-cigarettes,” he said.
In response to these claims, Encounter Youth has developed a vape prevention programme. “As the leading provider of alcohol and other drug education in South Australia, Encounter Youth has the established relationships and proven track record to support school students, parents and teachers in navigating the social pressure of vaping,” said chief executive officer Nigel Knowles.
An interactive quit vaping programme
Knowles explained that the programme is interactive and helps participants get access to immediate support. “Empower Education’s new vaping program provides a specifically targeted interactive seminar to inform students on the health impacts of vaping and connect them with the support needed to reduce the incidence of vaping among young people.”
“The alcohol and other drug sector is constantly changing and the addition of vaping education to Encounter Youth’s Empower Education program will ensure that South Australia’s young people are equipped with the knowledge and strategies they need to look after themselves and their mates,” added Knowles.