It’s almost untraceable. As it’s exhaled, the vapor dissipates almost immediately, making it difficult to catch. Some parents and teachers can’t even tell that a teenager just vaped around them — it’s that quick.

Tobacco Free Gaston and Cancer Services of Gaston County are teaming up to host a panel 6 – 7 p.m. at Holbrook Middle School’s auditorium for teachers, parents, and students to better understand the dangers of vaping on February 19, 2020.

Juul — a system of vaping pre-filled flavored liquid with high concentrations of nicotine — has surged in popularity in recent years, causing great concern among health specialists, state and federal regulators, parents, and teachers.

The dangers were prevalent in now-16-year-old Luka Kinard, who suffered under a nicotine addiction before his parents placed him in a rehabilitation center, where he recovered for 39 days. It’s reported that he has made a full recovery from his addiction and now advocates for education on vaping and preventing nicotine addictions formed from Juul and e-cigarette use.

Among the panel speaking at this event will be Luka himself, his mother, Kelly, and Dr. Jay Hendler, a pulmonologist with CaroMont Pulmonary Medicine.

Luka will also be speaking to Holbrook Middle School students and teachers earlier in the day at 1:30 p.m. to share his story about the dangers of vaping.

Attendees will be able to participate in a Q&A session with the three panelists on the facts of vaping, the injuries reported from vaping and more.

Join Cancer Services of Gaston County and Tobacco Free Gaston at Holbrook Middle School to uncover the facts and learn more about how severely vaping and e-cigarettes can affect your or your child’s life.