Local teens paid a visit to Emerson Middle School to teach students how to “Escape the Vape.”
The rally was held to educate younger students about the risks of vaping.
While vaping doesn’t produce smoke like traditional cigarettes, health experts have been raising the alarm about the chemicals used.
Mayor Karen Goh also declared Bakersfield’s first “Vaping Awareness Week” at the event.
“They’re seen as a healthy alternative students, however, students don’t understand the harm they cause to you because they’re falsely advertising all these products,” said Isela Pina, a representative of the Jim Burke Ford Foundation.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control blamed vaping on erasing recent declines in teen tobacco use.
Other studies have said teens who vape move on to actual cigarettes, or use both at the same time.