As dangers surrounding vaping continue to rise, the Allentown School District is teaching students and their families about the best way to prevent them from hitting home.
Lisa Wolff with the Center for Humanistic Change in Allentown has been providing prevention education in the Lehigh Valley for more than 40 years. At Trexler Middle School Wednesday, her message was all about vaping.
"The bottom line is we really don't know a whole lot right? So when we talk about long term effects who knows," Wolff said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39 people have died and more than 2,000 lung injuries have been reported due to vaping-related illnesses as of November 5.
"With cigarettes, you knew they were dangerous if you kept smoking. People are dying very quickly within months of using vape. That's very frightening," Wolff said.
The Allentown School District invited Wolff as part of its monthly "Workshop Wednesdays" where staff and families come together to see how they can help students make the right choices.
Wolff says we still have a lot to learn about vaping but in the meantime we can change the age from 18 to 21 and educate the public on what we already know.
"In many ways, nicotine can be a gateway to other drugs and the nicotine levels in these devices are way higher than what's in cigarettes," Wolff said.