‘I get to talk about poison’

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Panelists, from left Pharmacist Forrest Batz, state Department of Health Kauai District Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman, Trish La Chica of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Kapaa High School student Kailyn Paleracio, Dr. Diane Felton of the DOH, and Kevin Ramirez and Valerie Saiki of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii pause for pictures at the Kauai Youth Vaping Epidemic Thursday at Kauai Community College.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Students from Kanuikapono Public Charter School pick up information on vaping and drugs Thursday following the Kauai Youth Vaping Epidemic presentation at Kauai Community College.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Panelists including Kailyn Paleracio of Kapaa High School, Diana Felton of the state Department of Health, Dr. Janet Berreman, DOH Kauai district health officer, Trish La Chica of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Pharmacist Forrest Batz and Kevin Ramirez of the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii field questions from the audience Thursday during the Kauai Youth Vaping Epidemic presentation at Kauai Community College.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Char Ono of the Kauai Community College nursing program and Ava Meek, a student at Kanuikapono Public Charter School, look over some of the vaping items and literature available at the Kauai Youth Vaping Epidemic presentation Thursday at Kauai Community College.

PUHI — Nearly 100 people gathered Thursday to learn about the rapid rise in popularity of e-cigarettes among Kauai teenagers, a trend affecting communities nationwide, recently described by the Food and Drug Administration as having reached “epidemic proportions.”

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