Vaping has become a growing issue of concern among parents in the community.

“Parents are afraid,” said Director of the Northeast Tobacco Free Community Partnership Diane Knight. “They are concerned for their kids.”

To educate parents about an issue that is often misunderstood, DanversCARES organized a vaping seminar last Thursday night at Danvers High School. Knight ran the majority of the seminar, and many parents from the community showed up to learn more about the issue.

“It’s so prevalent and parents need to understand that if they see their kids doing this stuff, a lot of [the kids] don’t realize how harmful this stuff is,” said Judith Ryan, the public health nurse in town who helped run a portion of the seminar. “They don’t think that it’s dangerous.”

Since 2008, DanversCARES has administered a Youth Risk Behavior Survey for grades 7 to 12 every two years. In 2016, only 6 percent of Danvers High School students reported vaping. However, today, 27 percent of high school students in Danvers reportedly vape.

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