News 6 September 2022
We are hosting two free upcoming vaping webinars on Monday 12 September and Monday 19 September. Find out more and register now!
In recent years, the popularity of vaping among young Kiwis has become a hot topic at high schools around New Zealand.
To help you make sense of the situation, sort the facts from the myths and implement practical solutions at your school, we have two free upcoming vaping webinars on Monday 12 September and Monday 19 September.
To find out more and register, see below.
If you haven't already, check out ready-to-use resource for schools, Thinking Critically About the Marketing of Energy Drinks and Vaping Products.
Monday 12 September, 3.30-4.30pm
While youth smoking is at record lows, the popularity of vaping has been trending upwards.
Information about vaping is often confusing, and even conflicting. New vape technology and a rapidly evolving vape sector can make it difficult to keep up.
In this webinar ASH NZ Director, Ben Youdan, will address some of the common facts and myths around youth vaping. It will also provide an overview of the stats from ASH's year 10 survey, New Zealand's largest youth smoking survey.
The survey focuses on the spectrum of youth vaping and its relationship to smoking. It also contextualises vaping with other teen health behaviours.
The webinar will explain current and proposed vaping laws in Aotearoa and explain how to use them if you are concerned about young people’s access to vapes.
There will be an opportunity to ask Ben questions at the end of the presentation.
Ben Youdan, ASH NZ Director
Ben has worked in smokefree policy since the early 2000s. In recent years he has taken an interest in vaping and worked on collaborations in US and UK on harm reduction initiatives, as well as monitoring and preventing youth vaping.
Monday 19 September, 3.30-4.30pm
Our second vaping webinar builds on the facts presented by ASH's Ben Youdan in the first and explores how schools can respond.
In this webinar, Tūturu team members Annabel Prescott, Tumokai Morgan and Ben Birks Ang will talk about how schools can address wellbeing issues surrounding vaping using practical, ready to implement solutions.
We will explore ways to engage students to build their health competencies and guide you through a range of resources we have developed for secondary schools in Aotearoa.
The webinar also explores pastoral support pathways and policy frameworks that help enhance Tūturu teaching and learning resources.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Dr Annabel Prescott , Learning & Development Director, NZ Drug Foundation | Kaiwhakahaere ako me te whanaketanga
Dr Annabel Prescott has both Māori and Samoan whakapapa, and has worked for 20 years in youth health, development, and drug use.
Annabel is a registered addictions practitioner and clinical supervisor, and was most recently Chief Executive for Anamata Youth One Stop Shop in Taupō. Before that she was a Senior Academic at Unitec and WelTec, where her research focused on drug policy in schools and protective factors for harmful cannabis use amongst young people.
Tumokai Morgan, Tūturu Operations Manager | Kaiwhakahaere whakahaere Tūturu
Before joining the New Zealand Drug foundation whānau, Tumokai previously worked in the addictions sector as a youth alcohol and drug practitioner where he embraced the harm reduction philosophy. His time spent there only strengthened his passion for rangatahi wellbeing and has spurred him into spaces where he can create, encourage, and promote opportunities for positive outcomes.
Ben Birks Ang, Deputy Executive Director, NZ Drug Foundation | Tumuaki Tuarua
Ben has worked with young people in the drug and alcohol sector for over a decade and has built up a strong network. He also has many years’ experience in developing and delivering treatment services for young people, including establishing and overseeing school-based, community, and residential drug and alcohol treatment programmes. He is a registered addiction practitioner and accredited clinical supervisor. In addition, Ben is the Chair of the Addiction Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (dapaanz).
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