As the newly hired Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, I have been challenged to change my mentality from what I originally thought about tobacco, to what I now know to be true. I thought about tobacco the same way that you probably do as well: smoking smells gross, nicotine is bad for your body, and no factual information other than those two things. But since I have been hired, I have learned so much more about the severity of tobacco and the way that it affects us all.
And aside from all of the scary statistics that I could throw at you, it really is just so important to stay educated about the types of substances that are affecting ourselves and our families every single day. Whether it be the co-workers that are taking their smoke break, the vapes that are smoked at your kid’s school, or the smoke cloud that you walk through on your way into your apartment.
There are definitely changes to be made and knowledge to be shared, and I am making it my personal mission to accomplish both of those things within this community. If you want to join this movement, please join us at our first coalition meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18th at 129 East Water Street in Portland. I would love to help you learn more about drug prevention and how you can get more involved!
260-251-3259 ext. 1004
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