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E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks. (surgeongeneral.gov)
Mrs. Laura Pirkey, LCAHY Youth Coordinator
Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) is an initiative of LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth.
Teen for Healthy Youth (THY), the youth coalition of the LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY), and Peacock Automotive were chosen by Mayor Sulka and the Town of Bluffton to be the Grand Marshals of the 2019 Bluffton Christmas Parade. The town of Bluffton honored a business and a youth group, THY of Bluffton High School and May River High School, who partnered with the Town to support the Lutzie 43 Campaign, which raises awareness about distracted driving. Mayor Sulka stated that THY has worked endlessly to promote positive teen health. During the parade, the youth passed out Lutzie43 cards to encourage citizens to take 43 seconds to check and eliminate all possible driving distractions. The Town of Bluffton and THY look forward to working on promoting positive teen health throughout the year.
Is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.
Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 719 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants totaling $89 million. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth was the only grant recipient in South Carolina and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds over a five year period, from 2017-2022, receiving $125,000 each year. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will serve as the fiscal agent.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth/youth serving organizations, schools, faith-based and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, government, law enforcement, and media.
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. The DFC Program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).