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Hannahville getss e-cigarette project support

HANNAHVILLE — The Superior Health Foundation has granted funding to the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan to support the Anishinaabe E-cigarette and JUUL Health Education Project in the Hannahville Indian Community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults. Ninety- nine percent of e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can harm brain development.

Kelly Hansen, health educator and certified tobacco treatment specialist for the Hannahville Indian Community states, “Young children are at serious risk of ill health effects related to vaping, specifically JUUL products. Currently, there is a lack of education or any interventions to address the growing use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery products, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among young children. The Anishinaabe E-cigarette and JUUL Health Education Project will address this serious health issue by implementing the Catch my Breath curriculum.”

According to its developers, the Catch My Breath, curriculum aims to inform and educate teachers, parents, and health professionals in the school and after-school setting to equip students with answers about e-cigarettes to make informed decisions. 

Noel Pingatore, director of the Health Education and Chronic Disease Department at the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan states, “We were eager to help the Hannahville Indian Community when they shared the need to address e-cigarettes and vaping among youth in their community, so we worked with Hannahville to submit our proposal to the Superior Health Foundation.”

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan is a consortium of all twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan whose mission includes to advocate for member tribes in the development of programs and policies which will improve the economy, education, and quality of life for Michigan’s Native Americans. Pingatore adds, “We are grateful to the Superior Health Foundation for their support of this much needed project, here in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula.”

For more information on e-cigarettes and vaping, visit https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html

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