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Youth Vaping Epidemic: LGBTQ+ Youth

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  • In the United States, rates of youth vaping are alarmingly high. In 2018, the U.S Surgeon General declared youth vaping as an epidemic (Truth Initiative, 2019a). However, LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately affected. In 2017, current e-cigarette usage in youth was 13.2% among heterosexuals, but was 17.5% in LGBTQ+ youth (CDC, 2018). With repeated e-cigarette usage, addiction is more prevalent which has repercussions in physical, mental, and social well-being. This report’s purpose is to target youth LGBTQ+ students in Benton County and present a school-based intervention, CATCH My Breath (CMB), to combat this issue. Using a holistic approach, CMB will target LGBTQ+ youth from 6th-12th grade with four 40 minute classroom sessions along with interactive activities to promote an e-cigarette free lifestyle. Adaptations to the program include adding LGBTQ+ tailored classroom lessons addressing mental health, bullying/harassment, target marketing, and LGBTQ+ specific health resources. Evaluation will be in a non-experimental, pre/post test format occurring before, during, and ending one year after CMB implementation. Results from CMB will give insight to how it can reduce LGBTQ+ youth e-cigarette uptake, usage, and addiction in Benton County.
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