A project to help young people quit vaping at D'Iberville School

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A project to help young people quit vaping at the D’Iberville School

More than one in ten young Quebecers aged 15 and over admitted having used an electronic cigarette and having smoked a traditional cigarette, according to an INSPQ survey released in 2022.

Students from D'Iberville high school in Rouyn-Noranda are called upon to participate in a pilot project to help them quit vaping.

The project Vaccompanist was launched by the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health (CQTS) in September 2021.

This pilot project allows schools to offer students an adapted tool to help with nicotine cessation, explains the CQTS on its website.

Over ten weeks, students who so wish will take part in meetings, in particular to learn about this subject.

Social worker at this secondary school, Kathy Germain takes care of the project and says that the demand for this program comes from the young people themselves.

It is a group animation for 4 to 10 students for 10 weeks. It will take place once a week during class periods. Students will be asked to come and participate in workshops with really very defined activities, predefined themes on healthy lifestyles, on cessation techniques, on symptoms related to quitting vaping, explains the speaker. . The program is truly turnkey, given by the Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health. All the tools, documents and themes were established by the Council, adds the manager.

According to the Quebec Survey on Tobacco and Vaping Products, conducted among of 13,500 people aged 15 and over from July to November 2020, nearly three-quarters of participants reported using only traditional cigarettes, compared to only 17% for electronic cigarettes.

Kathy Germain adds that young people who participate in the workshops will be able to discuss their tips, help each other, find a network that will support them in their [efforts to] quit smoking. So that's the goal, and it's also to have a non-judgmental environment, because young people who vape often feel judged by others, but that's x27;is non-judgmental. They may relapse, they may start vaping again, that's okay: we'll welcome them the same, then we'll see what we can put in place to support them in their desire to quit vaping, insists the speaker, who recalls that the school also participates in the Smoke-Free Generation Plan of the same CQTS.

According to Kathy Germain, vaping is widespread among students and this phenomenon has been accentuated by the pandemic.

The first workshop should take place on February 2 within this school.< /p>

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