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University of Montana health center holding vape give back drive

Posted at 4:21 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 14:23:31-04

The University of Montana health center is holding a vape give back drive in the wake of the first vaping-related death in the state.

Students with Curry Health Center are organizing the drive so people can hand in unwanted vape pens and e-cigarettes.

They set up near Washington Grizzly Stadium on Saturday to hopefully draw a crowd.

UM is a tobacco free campus, and included e-cigarette and vape pen use in their banned substance list last year.

The Curry Health Center reports the number of students using e-cigarettes is increasing.

Bobby Sonsteng, a Curry Health Center Peer Reaching Out member, said that the whole community being aware of the risks is important

"This is great because we have the whole community here today. It's a tobacco free football game as a whole, we're just a little part of it today," he said."

"We just felt like we had some information that should be part of this but we asked for a table and we're out here today just trying to help everybody stay healthy."

The full dates and times of the drive are:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Adams Center
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Lommasson Center
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the UMHM space in the University Center