January 2022

A New Year For ITAT

ITAT "Breaks the Trend"

On Saturday, January 15th, Bingham and West Jordan ITAT clubs hosted the annual ITAT leadership conference for all ITAT students to attend. The theme of this conference was "Break the Trend", referring to the vaping epidemic that is "trending" amongst youth across the country. Bingham and West Jordan ITAT students took charge of the breakout sessions, holding workshops for everyone who attended. The topics of the workshops were: how to avoid peer pressure in vaping/smoking, dealing with suicidal thoughts/depression, tobacco/vaping and their effect on our bodies, how to educate family members and parents on suicide and depression, and vaping in high schools. The student facilitators created activities and led great discussions about each topic, sending each attending student home with new information and insight on vaping and mental health. 

At the end of the conference, the advisors held a support group circle for the students. Students were given an opportunity to discuss their thoughts and emotions about the recent tragic murder of the two Pacific Islander youth at Hunter High School, the week prior to the leadership conference. This was a good way to come together as a group and show support and empathy for one another, and for students to cope with their emotions in a healthy way. The students also held a moment of silence in remembrance of the two young men who were killed and in support of the young man in critical condition. 


ITAT students and advisors at the leadership conference


ITAT leadership conference invitation

Tobacco Facts: 

MY LIFE MY QUIT: is a new service available to teens, to assist them in quitting the highly addictive nicotine products that comprise the teen vaping epidemic. All they need to do is text "Start My Quit" 855-891-9989 to talk or text with a quit coach to cheer them on in their journey of quitting!

  • 60% of young people’s favorite new releases featured images of tobacco, including top shows depicting youth and teen tobacco use such as “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Rick and Morty,” “Big Mouth,” and “Law & Order SVU.” The top shows alone are responsible for exposing an estimated 27 million young people to tobacco imagery in 2020, but they are far from the only popular content featuring tobacco imagery.
  • 64% of the top binge-watched shows among young people included tobacco depictions, including “The Queen’s Gambit,” “The Umbrella Academy,” “Shameless,” and "On My Block."
  • 23% of the top 2020 Billboard songs featured smoking and vaping in their music videos, amassing over 6 billion views on YouTube alone.
  • 38% of top newly released movies in 2020 depicted tobacco, including 10 youth-rated films such as the PG-rated “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” according to an independent external analysis.
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