The legislative session might be over, but that doesn’t mean Youth Council members are resting on their laurels. On April 27, Sara Kay, a senior at Punahou, led a Taking Down Tobacco training at Farrington High School. Sara shared some facts about youth tobacco use and the rising concerns about vaping during her peer-to-peer classroom presentation.

Students were engaged and eager to learn more, in particular about the dangers of vaping. Most students admitted to having tried vaping and shared that they didn’t know much about the risks involved. They were particularly concerned about the tobacco industry targeting youth, specifically their younger siblings and cousins.

On May 9, James Campbell High School sophomore Danielle Washington helped staff a Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI) resource booth at a teacher and staff resource fair for her high school and Ilima Intermediate School.

Teachers were eager to learn how they can incorporate anti-tobacco curriculum into their classes as well as learn more about the Youth Council and the latest in youth tobacco trends like Juuling.

Do you know a Hawaii high school student that might be interested in being part of the Youth Council for 2018-2019? If so contact our Statewide Youth Coordinator, Scott Stensrud, at