I am Deiondra Howard. I’m from Coalgate, Oklahoma, and I’m currently 16 years old. I chose to join YAHL because I want to improve my community. As a teen in high school, I am exposed to a lot of vaping on a daily basis. I think that YAHL can help to improve the problem of teen vaping.
Why is teen vaping a problem? Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control. With YAHL we are trying to take power out of the Big Tobacco company’s hands.
YAHL also has another campaign called Elevate Student Health. What Elevate Student Health is trying to do is change school policies so school youth have access to healthy foods, physical activity, and safe, clean water.
Teens, especially between the ages of 14 -17, are at a high risk of starting, and children between the ages of 5 to 6 are at the highest risk of becoming overweight. As YAHL members we want to help better these problems!