Students Host Community Dialogue Night on Youth Vaping Crisis and Local Solutions

On Thursday, June 1st, join the Youth Leadership Group (YLG) for a Community Dialogue Night about youth vaping prevention at Mt. Anthony Union Middle School (MAUMS). Families, caregivers, and interested community members are invited to attend to learn about YLG’s efforts to prevent and reduce youth vaping in the school and community.

The Youth Leadership Group (YLG) is a youth coalition that focuses on peer-to-peer substance use prevention and mental health initiatives, co-facilitated by ACT Bennington and the Prevention Coordinator at MAUMS. The YLG will present their efforts to prevent and reduce student vaping at school.

Youth use of electronic vapor products (vapes) has been on the rise nationally and is widely considered to be a public health crisis, with more than 2.5 million youth reporting use of e-cigarettes in 2022 (CDC). Locally, about one in ten middle school students has ever tried a vape product (2021 Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey).

Vape products contain nicotine which can harm the developing brain. Exposure to nicotine during adolescence can impact learning, memory, and mental health, and can also increase the risk for future addiction to other substances. Many vape products come in packaging and flavors that appeal to youth, and these flavored products contain toxic chemicals that may cause cancer and lung disease.

This year, the YLG collaborated with the Vermont Department of Health – Bennington Office to conduct an audit of local convenience stores to learn more about the accessibility of tobacco and vape products in Bennington. Rory Price, Public Health Specialist at the Department of Health, will join us as guest speaker at the Community Dialogue and will share information about audit findings and efforts to work with local retailers to support healthy youth and families.

Community Dialogue Night will be held in the MAUMS Cafeteria on Thursday, June 1st from 5:30-6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required, but is encouraged. If you have questions, please contact

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