Danae Fraley and Autumn Nickell, seniors at Butler Tech’s Bioscience Center in the Biomedical Science program, are applying lessons learned in school to a targeted community awareness campaign tackling the dangers of vaping. Vaping is defined as using a battery operated e-cigarette to heat up nicotine, flavors, and chemicals that are then turned into an aerosol which is inhaled into the lungs and circulated through the bloodstream. A growing issue among teens, statistics show that in 2015, more than 3 million junior high and high school students admitted to using an e-cigarette, according to Fraley and Nickell’s research.
Recognizing the growing problem, Fraley and Nickell chose to create a community awareness campaign, called “Vaping’s Vengeance,” aimed at educating younger generations on the consequences of being involved with e-cigarette usage. The girls have given 17 presentations to more than a thousand people throughout Butler County including several locals schools including Madison Jr/Sr High, Lakota West Freshman, Hopewell Junior High, Monroe High School, and the STEM conference for junior high students at Miami University Middletown.
The”Vaping is Vengeance” project also earned them second place at the local Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competition, qualifying them for the regional competition later this month. Good luck ladies!
If you would like to learn more about “Vaping’s Vengeance” download the PDF of Fraley and Nickell’s presentation: Vaping’s Vengeance Project