MEDIA ADVISORY: High School Students from Across San Diego to Join Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at Anti-Vaping Summit

Posted: Friday, March 6th 2020


MEDIA ADVISORY

 

High School Students from Across San Diego to Join Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at Anti-Vaping Summit

 

WHAT:

More than 150 high school students from across San Diego will come together for the Anti-Vaping Action Youth Summit, a student-led workshop on anti-vaping efforts in schools. Students from several high schools will attend and collaborate on ideas for reducing the use of electronic cigarettes, and will share their ideas with San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten.

 

WHEN:

Monday, March 9, 2020 

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

 

WHERE:          

Serra High School, 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego, CA 92124

 

VISUALS:        

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.     Students from Hoover, San Diego, Morse, and Crawford high schools arrive on buses

10:30 - 10:40 a.m.     Opening Remarks / Intent of the Day

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.     Supervisor Fletcher and Superintendent Marten Speak

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.     Student Panel and Questions

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.       Student Breakout Sessions and Action Plan Groups

 

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: 

Nathan Fletcher, District 4 Supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District

Student leaders from multiple San Diego high schools

 

BACKGROUND: 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that the 2018 spike in nicotine vaping was the largest for any substance recorded in 44 years.  An additional national study found that more than 27 percent of high school students use e-cigarette products. Locally, student vaping has increased substantially in just two short years, with the percentage of SDUSD students who currently use electronic vapor products climbing dramatically from 2017 – 2019.

 

Earlier this year, the San Diego Unified School District filed a lawsuit against JUUL Labs, Inc. for the company’s role in cultivating and fostering an e-cigarette epidemic that disrupts the education and learning environment across the district. The Board of Education has established the goal of eliminating tobacco use by teens and assuring San Diego youth are tobacco and nicotine free (see attached).

 

In January, the County Board of Supervisors passed a series of measures introduced by Supervisors Fletcher and Dianne Jacob designed to restrict the sale of vaping products and flavored tobacco in unincorporated parts of the county. Supervisor Fletcher has been actively working to raise awareness about the impact of vaping and flavored tobacco on youth and encouraging local governments to enact similar policies in other parts of the County to maximize public health outcomes and protect the county’s young people.

 

Now, students are taking up the effort to combat vaping themselves, working on awareness campaigns and anti-vaping actions at school sites and in the community.

 

PARKING:       

Please note: there is a small visitor parking lot near the front entrance. Enter off of Santo Rd.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dan Howe, Public Information Supervisor, San Diego Unified, 619-578-4883, dhowe@sandi.net 

James Canning, Director of Communications, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, 619-372-7988, James.Canning@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

** Please confirm attendance in advance. Thank you! **

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