Vaping Clearing the Air Lived Experience Presentation

Vaping Presentation
“Beyond the Haze The Path to Clean Air and Healthy Lungs”  

Welcome to “Beyond the Haze: The Path to Clean Air and Healthy Lungs,” the ultimate vaping presentation designed to educate and empower individuals on the importance of clean air and maintaining healthy lungs in the world of vaping.   Our presentation dives deep into the world of vaping, shedding light on this epidemic under our youth today. We believe that knowledge is power, and by equipping young people with accurate information, they will be able to make informed decisions.   During “Beyond the Haze,” our expert lived experience presenter Azelene Williams will guide you through the intricacies of vaping, debunking myths and providing valuable insights. We cover essential topics such as understanding the ingredients in e-liquids, proper device maintenance, and the potential risks associated with vaping.   Our mission is to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of vaping. We believe through this lived experience vaping presentation by Azelene Williams, we can contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment for everyone.   Join us for an engaging and informative vaping presentation that goes beyond the surface level. Gain the knowledge and tools necessary to make intelligent choices when it comes to vaping. Together, let’s pave the way to clean air and healthy lungs.   To learn more about our “Beyond the Haze” presentation and how it can benefit your school, community or organization, contact us today. Let’s work together to create a safer environment and a no vaping community. #VapingPresentation #CleanAir #HealthyLungs  

Did you know that numerous e-cigarettes contain toxic chemicals found in substances such as biofuel, paint thinner, and insecticides? It’s a disturbing truth that cannot be ignored any longer. With more than 200 hazardous chemicals detected in e-liquids, it’s high time we shed light on the hidden dangers of vaping.  

Azelene is a passionate lived-experience presenter who has dedicated her time to educating and raising awareness about the vaping epidemic. With a mission to safeguard our youth, Azelene has already visited hundreds of schools and spoke to thousands of young people from Year 3 to Year 12, and she has witnessed first-hand the impact of this concerning trend on our educational institutions.   Through Azelene’s engaging storytelling and informative sessions, students gain valuable insights into the dangers of vaping. Her lived experience and extensive research ensure that her message resonates deeply and empowers young minds to make informed decisions and protect themselves from the perils of this addictive habit.   Join forces with Azelene in the fight against vaping. Together, we can equip our youth with the knowledge and awareness they need to make healthier choices. Invite Azelene to your organisation or school and take a stand against this growing epidemic that threatens the well-being of our future generation.     

The following will be covered in this presentation:
  • Vaping & e-cigarettes—Fact or fiction?
  • Vape & e-cigarettes anatomy.
  • Vape explosions.
  • Nicotine addiction.
  • Vaping versus lung diseases.
  • Peer pressure or social norms?
  • What attracts young people to vaping?
  • Vape & e-cigarette marketing.
  • School policy, advocacy, & the law.
  • How to quit vaping?

Vapes to be banned for recreational use, ‘pharmaceutical’ packaging to be required under crackdown.

Vapes will be heavily regulated and the importation of all e-cigarettes will be strictly controlled under a federal government crackdown on the smoking alternative.

Under new rules, vapes will only be sold in pharmacies and in “pharmaceutical-like” packaging, with certain flavours, colours and other ingredients banned, and the concentration and volume of nicotine reduced.

“These are supposed to be pharmaceutical products,” Health Minister Mark Butler told the National Press Club on 2 May 2023. This is a massive breakthrough for the vaping issue in Australia.

The addictive chemicals in e-cigarette liquid, such as nicotine, and how they can affect the developing brains of young people.

Vaping is a relatively new trend that, unfortunately, poses some serious health risks. Vaping liquids, also known as e-liquids, contain a mix of chemicals, including harmful ones such as nicotine, diacetyl, formaldehyde, and acrolein. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm a developing brain, while diacetyl has been linked to a serious lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as “popcorn lung.” Formaldehyde and acrolein are both irritants that can damage the lungs and cause respiratory problems. It’s important to be aware of the potential dangers of vaping and to avoid it if possible.

According to recent studies, vaping can have harmful effects on a teen’s brain. Nicotine in the e-cigarettes can interfere with the development of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for decision-making, impulse control, and mood regulation. This can lead to addiction, mood disorders, and a higher risk of using other drugs. Additionally, some e-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene, which can damage neurons and contribute to permanent brain damage.

Some of the most harmful chemicals found in vapes include: Nicotine, Formaldehyde, Acetaldehyde, Acrolein, Propylene Glycol, Diacetyl, Heavy Metals, Toluene, Acetone, Benzene. These chemicals can lead to various health problems such as lung disease, cancer, and heart disease. It’s important to be aware of the chemicals in vapes and the potential risks associated with using them.

Vaping School Presentation

“Vaping Clearing the Air Lived Experience” presentation in schools. We are dedicated to educating young people about the dangers of vaping and providing them with the tools to make informed decisions about their health.

As you may know, vaping has become increasingly popular among young people in recent years, with many believing that it is a safer alternative to smoking. However, the truth is that vaping can be just as harmful, if not more so, than traditional smoking. It can lead to addiction, lung damage, and a host of other health problems.

Our presentation is designed to provide students with a real-life perspective on the dangers of vaping. We bring in individuals who have experienced the negative effects of vaping firsthand, including former vapers who have suffered from addiction and health problems. These personal stories help to bring the issue to life and make it more relatable for young people.

Our presentation also covers the science behind vaping, including the chemicals and toxins found in e-cigarettes and vaping products. We provide students with a clear understanding of the risks associated with vaping and the potential long-term health consequences.

We believe that education is the key to preventing young people from falling into the trap of vaping. By providing them with accurate and compelling information, we hope to empower them to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

We offer our presentation to schools across the country and can work with you to tailor it to the specific needs of your students. Our goal is to provide a dynamic and engaging experience that will leave a lasting impact on your students.

We look forward to working with you to educate young people about the dangers of vaping.

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Azelene Williams giving Vaping Presentations at school

Azelene Williams giving Vaping Presentations at school
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Balcatta Senior High School Feedback Article:

On Friday 26 August, the Years 7 to 10 students were visited by Azelene Williams from the Perennial Health Institute, who is also a registered social worker and holistic counsellor.  She talked to us about the effects of vaping, the effects nicotine can have on your body, addiction and about what’s actually in e-cigarettes.  Azelene developed a strong connection with her audience by using her personal story about how she grew up vaping and smoking, and how it ruined her life and greatly affected her daughter’s life.

There are many dangers and risks of vaping.  The health concerns associated with vaping include a threat of lung disease, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis which are the most common and are both irreversible.  Nicotine addiction can also result from vaping and this can disrupt normal brain development and make trying to quit more difficult.  Both of these are long term effects which can be difficult for students who vape to understand, but it is important that they are discussed so students can see what their potential future could look like if they continue to vape.

Azelene’s presentation had a large impact mostly on the students who haven’t vaped before but have potentially considered trying it one day.  This is a positive outcome as it has possibly changed people’s minds about trying it, and as Azelene said, “if you haven’t started vaping yet, don’t do it!”

It also has potentially made a couple of students who do vape, reassess their vaping and those around them.  Although a small group of students seemed unphased by the presentation.  The students who don’t vape were the ones who were left worried and distressed about the health and safety of their friends who do.

If it changes just a few students’ minds, that is better than not changing at all, which makes Azelene’s presentation a success.

Written by Tilly Woodard, Year 10

Santa Maria College Feedback Article:

In her blog last week, Jennifer Oaten wrote an article titled Say No. In recognising the challenges this is providing to schools and the upward trend of vaping in teens, Azelene Williams from Perennial Health was invited to address the topic recently with our students from Years 7-12.

Azelene shared some important and shocking facts and figures about vaping. She also shared her own experiences and health challenges that have resulted. Azelene challenged our girls to do some research about vaping before being willing to say yes if offered a vape.

One Year 11 student explained that she had not been aware of how deliberately the big tobacco companies have been at targeting children and youth. This tactic becomes clearly evident with vape names, images, and flavours such as ‘Fruit Monster’ and ‘Berry Blast’ readily available.

Vaping has become part of the social norm and is constantly evident on social media, where influencers portray this as something cool to do. With so-called wellness packs being marketed to tweens and teens, of course, containing vapes.

The most concerning part of this is that we now recognise the majority of vapes contain nicotine, and young people are at risk of becoming addicted. Fruity Monster and Berry Blast are not likely to list the other concerning ingredients that have been found in vapes, such as aluminium, lead, tin, pesticides, disinfectant, and, let’s be honest, no one really knows what else.

Azelene Williams giving Vaping Presentations at school
Santa Maria College

Over the past two years, Azelene has presented her powerful Vaping Clearing the Air Presentation to schools across Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, and even South Africa. Her lived experience and expertise have been shared with students and educators around the world, helping young people overcome the dangers of vaping.

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