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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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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