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2020 Bost Health Policy Forum: Stopping Vaping and Substance Use

January 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The 2020 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Webinar Series highlights programs and policies in Kentucky and elsewhere that successfully encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce or prevent risky behaviors among young children, adolescents and teens. The series explores school-based, community-wide and national efforts that successfully improve the psychological and physical wellbeing of all children and youth, and lift up policies and programs that reduce the impact of economic and social conditions that often contribute to unhealthy outcomes.

Webinar 5:Stopping Vaping and Substance Use
Programs to help reduce risky behaviors involving substances including drugs, tobacco and alcohol are the subject of the fifth webinar in the 2020 Bost Forum Series. Speakers will share programs that are effectively steering youth away from taking risks that could impair their long-term health and toward healthier alternatives.


  • Understand the current state of youth use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances, as well as both longer-term trends and the specific impact of the pandemic on those trends.
  • Explore evidence-based programs regarding how to talk to youth about e-cigarettes and vaping.
  • Learn about an effective youth substance-use prevention program in Lexington.
  • Hear about a McCracken County youth’s experience of becoming addicted to nicotine, how she finally quit vaping, and her subsequent advocacy work.

The agenda will include the following speakers, and will allow time for audience questions.

Devine Carama, Community Coordinator, Lexington FEND Movement and Founder, Kingtucky, LLC
Van Ingram, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy
Shannon Baker, Director of Advocacy, American Lung Association, “How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping”
Abby Hefner, Anti-Vaping Advocate, McCracken County High School, youth speaker

Moderator: Bonnie Hackbarth, Vice President, External Affairs, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky


January 11, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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