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Video Link Available for Teen Vaping Awareness Event
logos and caption: Together, We Can Make a Difference! BIG Thank YOU to the following Community Partners for making the Jan. 19 Teen Vaping Awareness Event Possible; CHS staff photo of Joan Blackburn, LISW-S - thank you Joan for your work in coordinating the event

January 21, 2022 — Chardon Schools hosted a Teen Vaping: It May Be More Than You Think family resource event on the evening of Jan. 19 at Chardon Middle School. This one-hour presentation, held in the school’s large-group instructional room, featured local agency speakers who educated community members about nicotine and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) vaping trends in our local community.

Both Chardon High School and Chardon Middle School parents and guardians were invited to the event, which was held in-person and live-streamed courtesy of Geauga-TV.  

Specific topics covered included the dangers of nicotine, aerosols and THC, including their impact on the brain and lungs; warning signs of vaping use; and resources for help.

“Sadly, we’re seeing it at a younger and younger age,” said Chardon Police department school resource officer Derek Carlson during his presentation.

Event presenters also included the following community partners:

  • Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers tobacco prevention specialists Christie Gigliotti and Matthew Petersen
  • Ravenwood Health prevention consultant Missy Bell; 
    and director of counseling in substance use and criminal justice Kate Gehlfuss
  • University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center community outreach nurse Jessica Matthews

"In addition to discussing trends, risks and available resources, each speaker touched on the importance of parents and guardians having a conversation with their teenagers and pre-teenaged children about the dangers of vaping and substance use, presenting families with tips on how to initiate the discussion," said Joan Blackburn, LISW-S who serves Chardon High School.
A replay of the one-hour informational is available for viewing through the Chardon High School Boxcast channel at or by accessing G-TV’s video on-demand site through


District Media Contact:

Kelly Misch
Communications Director
Chardon Local Schools
[email protected]