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Sertoma Club hears about youth vaping crisis

Lorrina Segovia, Roswell Sertoma Club president, left, and Diane Taylor of the Chaves County DWI Prevention Program. (Submitted Photo)

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Vaping has reached epidemic proportions among the youth of Chaves County, according to Diane Taylor of the Chaves County DWI Prevention Program. She spoke to the Roswell Sertoma Club during a recent meeting.

At least six high school students have been sent to the hospital as a result of vaping, she said. A vaping pod has about the same nicotine content of three packs of cigarettes. These e-cigarettes are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration, and the new models are quite small and produce virtually no smoke. They can be hidden in clothing and taken out in the classroom and inhaled while the teacher’s back is turned and not be detected. Third-graders have been found to be lighting up on the playground, according to Taylor.

The Roswell Sertoma Club assists in the purchase of hearing aids and speech therapy for people in need, provides 27 $500 college scholarships each semester and supports various youth activities and other charitable causes. Anyone wishing to join the club is welcome to attend one of its meetings at noon at the Elks Lodge every Friday. Forms to apply for assistance are posted on the club’s website: roswellsertoma.org.

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