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Lexington graduate student needs help in study on cigarettes and alcohol

Lexington, SC (Connor Radtke) - Hailey Owens, a student at the University of South Carolina currently working toward a Masters of Public Health, has partnered with Rise Above It Lexington Two Community Coalition in the Prevention Department at LRADAC. LRADAC is a non-profit organization dealing with the impact of alcohol and drugs, and how they affect people in different ways. LRADAC’s mission statement states that “LRADAC creates and supports pathways for prevention and recovery from substance misuse for individuals, families and communities." Owens is looking to train others to complete environmental scans, or short checklists focused on how alcohol and tobacco products are placed in stores. Owens is also looking to help boost the membership of the Environmental Strategies Subcommittee, a group of people who meet to complete environmental scans in the Lexington School District Two community, share their findings, and work together to brainstorm ways to combat any issues they may find.

According to Owens in their 1990 final report, the National Commission of Drug-Free schools recognized that alcohol and tobacco industries often target underage youth with attractive advertisements. A 2016 study found that “Children and adolescents more frequently exposed to point-of-sale (POS) tobacco promotion have around 1.6 times higher odds of having tried smoking and around 1.3 times higher odds of being susceptible to future smoking." According to the 2017 Rise Above It Lexington Two Community Coalition Student Survey of 9th-11th graders in Lexington School District Two, 14% of students reported having used alcohol in the past 30 days, and 4% of students reported having used cigarettes in the past 30 days.

A free environmental scans training will take place at the West Columbia City Hall during the Rise Above It coalition meeting on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.Additionally, a second environmental scans training date has been set for Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm in the Prevention Department conference room at LRADAC (2711 Colonial Dr. Columbia, SC 29203). Owens asks that if you plan to attend either of these trainings or are interested but cannot attend either training date, please use the attached link to RSVP or request training. Those who RSVP and are present during environmental scans training will be entered to win one of several raffle prizes, which will be given out after the training presentations.


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