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Centerstone Addresses Teen Vaping Crisis through educational comic book

 Teen Superhero named Spark

Teen vaping statistics from the CDC are alarming, with 1 in every 30 middle schoolers and 1 in every 7 high schoolers having reported recent use of e-cigarettes in a 2022 survey.

Centerstone has found a way to address important topics, like vaping, in a factual way while still being creative and approachable to a young audience. Spark is a comic book series from Centerstone which features a teen superhero with the same name.

Spark is geared toward children and teens with each issue addressing common topics in an approachable yet factual way. The latest issue of the comic is Spark Demystified and covers teen vaping and how the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe, and can lead to substance use disorders. The series also addresses topics like bullying, depression, online safety, relationships, drugs, underage drinking and peer pressure. The entire Spark comic book series can be viewed online at no-cost at Centerstone.org/comics.

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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