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Expert panel to clear the air about “scourge of a generation”

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Quakertown Community High School has scheduled a panel of experts to discuss the health and societal risks of teenage vaping.

Forty-five-minute presentations “Clearing The Air About Vaping - A Discussion Panel” will be held at 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the high school’s Performing Arts Center. Students in ninth grade will attend the first session; 11th graders will attend the second.

Parents with students in grades six to 12 are invited to the two sessions. If you’re a parent with a student in ninth or 11th grades, consider attending the session your child will be attending.

To gauge parent interest, parents are asked to email Jill West at jwest@qcsd.org if they plan to attend a panel discussion no later than Dec. 13.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner has described vaping as “the scourge of this generation” in several television interviews.

The vaping issue has hit Quakertown hard, with two students being found unconscious in school hallways after vaping. The district officially filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of vaping and e-cigarette products on Nov. 1.

Police Officer Bob Lee, a school resource officer, has seen the problem first-hand and helped to organize the panel, which includes:

– Dr. Nicole Yoder, a doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital, specializing in pulmonary diseases of the lung.

– Mia Giordano, smoking cessation coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital.

– Tom Gannon, prosecutor in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, specializing in narcotics prosecutions.

– Lisa Gaier, magistrate for Quakertown District Court, and a practicing attorney. She is responsible for all citations related to vaping.

– Lee, a member of Quakertown Borough Police since 2004 and SRO for five years.

Gary Weckselblatt is the director of communications for Quakertown Community School District.


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