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The Cayuga County Health Department will host a free vaping and smoking prevention event on Wednesday.

The event, which will share information on the new smoking culture in youth is being held in response to concerns raised by local schools, parents and healthcare providers, a press release said.

Featuring Dr. C. Beth Gero, Ph. D, as a guest speaker, the program is aimed to provide parents, students, school staff and community members with information about new developments in youth smoking. 

Dr. Gero received her education from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Tobacco Research and Training and Rutgers University School of Medicine and Dentistry in the field of tobacco cessation and pharmacotherapy. She also holds a National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice and is credentialed as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. 

Topics will include current youth trends such as the shift from smoking to vaping, common smoking and tobacco products youth use, the health risks and long-term consequences of vaping and smoking as well as what parents and communities can do to prevent smoking in their youth. 

The event is sponsored by the Cayuga County Health Department and the Cayuga County Health Network. Any questions or concerns regarding the event can be directed to Anna Prince at aprince@cayugacounty.us.

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