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Luka Kinard and his mother Kelly will share their journey through the cycle of addiction.

Those who want more information about vaping and its dangers can attend an upcoming community meeting.

McDowell High School counselor Lyndsay Morris has invited recognized teen guest speaker Luka Kinard to share his story at McDowell Technical Community College.

Recent national surveys suggest that nearly 30% of teens report vaping within the last 12 months. According to McDowell County School administrators, the percentage for the youth in our county is no different than the national numbers. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has officially declared e-cigarette use among youth an “epidemic.”

If you are a parent or caregiver of a youth ages 12-18, you will not want to miss an e-cigarette community meeting that is going to be held on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at McDowell Technical Community College auditorium. This informative session will include nationally recognized teen speaker and former vaping addict, Luka Kinard. Luka and his mother Kelly will share their journey through the cycle of addiction.

Other guests and speakers will include McDowell High School Principal Edwin Spivey, Early College Principal Lisa Robinson, and McDowell County Sheriff Ricky Buchanan.

Additional groups and organizations will be on-site to provide a variety of valuable information for families. Door prizes will be provided.

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