Anti-Vaping Awareness Day | May 3
On May 3, the UCC community, along with many schools across Canada are encouraged to wear black and/or yellow in support of the Anti-Vaping Awareness Day. The goal of this day is to spark conversation about the harmful effects of vaping, provide helpful resources for teens willing to quit and fight the “coolness” factor surrounding teen vaping.
Dmitry (Dima) Kulakov ’22 started this initiative in 2019 when there was a noticeable shift in the popularity of vaping among teens at schools in Toronto. By the end of 2019, vaping was rapidly becoming a big part of “teen culture” and the number of teen vape users had doubled since 2017.
The pandemic has had a substantial negative impact on many teens’ mental health and contributed to the development of addictions. For many teens, COVID-19 made it much harder to reach out for help and as such, it is crucial to reach out to teens in a large-scale and meaningful way.