Safe and Drug Free Communities spoke today at ARP Elementary to tell of the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes. Five years ago a new drug hit the market in the form of electronic cigarettes. Because it is still so new, there are many things about it that are still misunderstood from youth today.
"Kids hear of think that because the adults that were smoking cigarets are now using electronic cigarettes, that there is no tobacco in it, and there is" says Lori Latchford, Elementary Facilitator for Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities.
That's why groups like this have made it their mission to educate children on the harmful effects they can have. Over the past few weeks, Lori has traveled to several 6th grade classrooms across Cheyenne giving her demonstration on the effects of tobacco. So far, the response has been encouraging, as she knows just how important this time can be for kids. "Sixth grade is a really interesting year. They are heading up to junior high, and they will be exposed to a lot more kids. Eight different teachers, a lot more freedom. So it is really important to let them know of things that are dangerous and addictive, so that they can make good choices."