LIBERTY- Sullivan 180 recently held a training for educators, school nurses, school resource officers, and community members to become facilitators of the evidence-based CATCH My Breath Vaping Prevention Program. These facilitators are now able to access the complete curriculum and guide young people, grades 5 through 12, through a program that is known to reduce the chances of youth starting a lifelong addiction to nicotine.

The presentation also partnering organizations from Garnet Health, the Center for a Tobacco Free Hudson Valley – American Lung Association, Tobacco Free Action Communities Reality Check Youth Engagement Program, and Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan & Ulster. Facilitators gained a toolkit of resources to implement in their schools and communities. Educators will receive CTLE’s for completing this training thanks to an agreement with Sullivan BOCES.

Managing Director of Sullivan 180, Amanda Langseder, shared that “Students don’t have the education or information they need to make an informed decision about vaping, let alone have the resources to get interventions when they are already hooked. Children have a right to understand what these vaping companies are doing. They have a right to understand what marketing tactics these companies are using on them, and that’s what today [was] all about.”

CATCH My Breath is currently being implemented at Sullivan BOCES in their alternative education program. For the past 6 weeks, BOCES students have been learning the curriculum and have shown interests in understanding the marketing tactics of the vaping industry, the dangers of vapes and e-cigarettes, and stress relief resources to handle their busy lives as students. Last Friday, November 17th, the students participated in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout where they joined thousands across the county in taking an important step toward a smoke-free life. Students assembled “quit kits”, filled with anxiety and stress relief items, mints and candies, and quitting resources, to distribute to their peers and family members.

If you would like the CATCH My Breath program brought to your school, organization, or youth group, please reach out to Nicole Blais, Sullivan 180 Prevention Coordinator at [email protected] or 845-295-2684.

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