LISTEN: To combat teen vaping in Alaska schools, educators and state officials work together

A picture of a large cardboard box and a pile vape pens in ziplock bags on a table.
Just one of several boxes at Service High School used to collect vape pens and accessories confiscated from students. (Mayowa AIna/Alaska Public Media)

Fewer teenagers are smoking cigarettes, but they’re still ingesting nicotine, and newer nicotine delivery devices have parents and schools concerned. Teen vaping is a growing problem nationwide, with the CDC reporting that one in four students use vaping products. But what’s inside the liquid being vaporized? And how will it affect teenager’s health? We’ll discuss it on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Charlie Ess, Wellness Program Coordinator, RurAL CAP
  • Cheley Grigsby, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Manager, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Holly Zumbro, Principal of Activities and Student Services, Secondary Education, Anchorage School District
  • John O’Brien, Superintendent, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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