Mid-Missouri cities and counties are taking steps to prevent and stop young people from using e-cigarettes and tobacco products.
Boone County is rolling out an e-cigarette cessation program targeted at college students ages 18 to 24-years-old .
The 6-week online program allows college students to work with health educators in a virtual group setting.
“We wanted to make it as convenient for people to quit as possible,” said Boone County Educator Sarah Varvaro.
D. Guarav Kulkarni, a psychiatrist, said the online aspect of the course helps students feel less intimidated to join compared to an in-person class.
“The stigma associated with using nicotine products, alcohol or drugs for that reason is still high,” he said. “Offering a course which is geared towards college students with the online platform is a great way of getting these young college students help.”
In 2018, 17% of MU students reported using e-cigarettes, according to the Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors.
Registration for the e-cigarette cessation program closes after April 16. Email Sarah.Varvaro@como.gov to sign up for the program.
Other mid-Missouri municipalities are working to combat e-cigarette use among young people.
Hallsville, Missouri passed a Tobacco 21 law this week and Eldon, Missouri passed a Tobacco 21 law that went into effect March 27, according to the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation.