Vaping: The Growing Youth Health Epidemic

  • On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Superintendent David Fleishman hosted a forum on the vaping epidemic among youth. The evening included a panel of speakers providing health, wellness, and prevention education on the topic of vaping. Attorney General Maura Healey provided the keynote for the event. Medical experts and NPS educators provided information, insight, and education for families and community members.

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Keynote Address

 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey



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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey

We are very pleased to announce that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will provide the keynote address for the superintendent’s community forum on vaping on Tuesday, April 2nd. Attorney General Healey has been at the forefront of state efforts to stem the growing epidemic of vaping among youth. Unfortunately, just as teen cigarette use has hit a record low, JUULing and vaping among young people has become a public health epidemic and put a new generation at risk for nicotine addiction. The Attorney General has taken serious steps to address this issue, including launching an investigation into JUUL Labs, Inc. and other online e-cigarette manufacturers and retailers over concerns about the marketing and sale of electronic cigarettes and products to minors. Attorney General Healey is committed to enforcing the state’s tobacco and nicotine control laws, and believes that we all need to work together to educate young people about these addictive products and empower youth to make healthy decisions.


Moderator and Panelists

  • To provide you with information and to guide our discussion, we are thrilled to be joined by:

    Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH (panelist)

    Dr. Winickoff is a primary care physician and tobacco researcher at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He is also Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Dr. Winickoff's research focuses on strategies to address tobacco use and exposure in families; current work includes CEASE (Clinical and Community Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure), as well as projects related to thirdhand smoke,regulating smoking in multiunit housing, and raising the purchase age of tobacco to 21. As the past Chair of the AAP Tobacco Consortium, Dr. Winickoff works with pediatric tobacco control researchers across the country to develop the best tobacco practices for child healthcare settings. Find out more about his work to protect children and teenagers from nicotine products here:

    Jodie Cohen, Science Teacher, Newton North (panelist)

    Jodie Cohen has been a science teacher at Newton North High School for the last twenty years where she teaches Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Marine Biology.  She is currently the Chair of the Chemical Health Committee at Newton North and recently presented to the Newton community at the Just Think Expo on the science and issues of vaping, particularly as it pertains to youth.

    Brian DeLeskey, MSW, LICSW, Prevention/Intervention Counselor, Newton South

    Brian DeLeskey is a licensed social worker and has served as the intervention/prevntion counselor at Newton South since 2014. Brian works with students struggling with substance use and making healthy decisions, as well as students with mental health and behavioral issues. Prior to joining the Newton South team, Brian worked for 22 years in child protection at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), where he served as the supervisor to the adolescent specialty unit.  .

    Beth Teitell (moderator)

    Beth Teitell is a reporter at the Boston Globe, where she aims to capture the zeitgeist of modern day life. She has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Marketplace and is a regular guest on local radio programs. She is a former Boston Herald columnist.