SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni has declared war on teenage vaping.
A 20-minute anti-vaping presentation was produced by DA Anthony Gulluni’s Youth Advisory Task Force. Students from 18 high schools make up the DA’s task force.
The anti-vaping presentation is meant to convince students everywhere of the harm vaping can cause.
“It’s affecting every part of your body, your brain, we’re smoking and other stuff, by the time we’re 25, our bodies will be stressed out,” said Kalia Coppedge, a senior at Putnam Technical and Vocational Academy.
The Youth Advisory Board hopes to convince their fellow students that vaping is a widespread problem among teenagers.
“Yes absolutely, I would say that my school, it’s a very popular issue,” said Meghan Kalbaugh, a senior at Chicopee Comprehensive High School. “Almost every time that I go to the restroom, I see the girls doing the vaping, It’s definitely a big issue.”
DA Gulluni’s strategy is taking his anti-vaping case directly to at every Hampden County high school.
“We’re going to send a message very clearly to both adults and kids alike that vaping is a major problem,” the DA told 22News. “It’s something that needs to stop because it’s harmful and unhealthy.”
Gulluni warns there’s evidence that once young people start vaping, it opens the door to more dangerous drugs and behaviors.