Barnstable County Launches Effort to Curtail Vaping


HARWICH – Vaping use among Cape Cod youths is the focus of the Barnstable County Department of Human Service’s “Escape the Vape” campaign.

The effort will aim to educate parents, caregivers, students, and teachers about the dangers of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The campaign is being led by Department of Human Services Substances Use Program Manager Kim Slade.

“Ultimately, what we want this tool kit to provide is information across the community, across different organizations and parent groups, and really provide comprehensive tools,” Slade said.

One of those comprehensive tools is an online toolkit filled with information.

“We made sure that each section is very pertinent to the target audience for that area, so that they’re getting concise information,” Slade said.

The county has also partnered with the Monomoy Regional School District for this effort. Slade led a curriculum night at Monomoy Regional High School last night, educating parents about how to discuss vaping with their children.

A curriculum night will also be held next Thursday, September 26, at Monomoy Regional Middle School. In addition, a vaping presentation will be led by Slade and the school district on October 23.

To access the online tool kit, visit

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