In Collaboration with Odd Squad Productions
Odd Squad Productions is a charitable organization comprised of serving and retired police officers and volunteers. It is recognized as an international leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth.
This presentation focuses on the rapidly growing trend of vaping in teens. We cover:
- What vaping is and how it is being marketed to youth, and the appeal of vaping
- The motivation behind companies marketing to youth, and the consequences, including an unprecedented resurgence of nicotine use and the rise of nicotine addiction among teens.
- The known harmful effects of nicotine use, nicotine addiction, and vaping, and the lack of any long-term studies of potential lasting effects will be reviewed
- What we can do about the rapid rise of vaping among youth, including direct advice for parents on how to talk to their kids about vaping
- A greater understanding of vaping and its inherent danger (nicotine and other substances)
- How E-Cigarette companies market their products to kids
- A greater understanding of the harm caused by E-Cigarette use
- An insight into why kids vape
- How to stop or avoid vaping
- How parents and teachers can talk to young adults about the danger of vaping
Marvin Krank, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Dr. Krank received his Honors BA in Psychology and Mathematics at Indiana University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University. He has taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mount Allison University, and the University of Toronto. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Claremont Graduate University, Oregon Health Sciences University, and the University of Washington. Dr. Krank joined the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus as Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Psychology in 2005.
Dr. Krank has an active research program in substance use with an emphasis on adolescents. He has published numerous articles and presents for professional conferences, invited symposia, and community groups. The focus of Dr. Krank’s research is the psychological determinants of drug use and drug effects including seminal work on the drug tolerance, drug withdrawal and cognitive models of substance use trajectories in adolescents.
Dr. Krank is currently pursuing a number of projects examining ways to support healthy thinking and choices to reduce substance abuse in youth. These projects include assisting in the delivery and evaluation of Preventure, a personality-based intervention, as well as developing the Healthy Automatic, Intentions, and Thoughts (HABIT) program for Grade 6 and 7 students. The goals include reducing the initiation and escalation of substance use in early teens (ages 12 – 16).
Dr. Krank is also working on evaluating an adapted program for university students as a way to reduce the substance abuse including risky opiate use. These projects target changing risky cognitions that arise from social influences that are associated with increases in substance use. The approach uses what we know about cognitive processing to modify cognitive biases that lead to higher risk substance use.
Doug Rogers is the Substance Abuse Prevention Counsellor for SD#22 (Vernon). He has taught for over 31 years in Vancouver, Burnaby, Vernon and Washington State and has given hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout British Columbia and the Western United States. Doug has undergraduate degrees from UBC (BPE, B.Ed) and postgraduate degrees from both UBC (MPE) and UVIC (M.Ed). He is also a Canadian (CCADC, CCAC) and internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC). The main focus of his work and research in SD#22 is to support students and families so that they can live healthy and drug free lives.