Letter: Resources Available to Stop Vaping

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To the Editor:

Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions. I'm asked frequently what can be done to turn the tide, and now new resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping.

Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping. To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at mass.gov/vaping. It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes: both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young people.

The vaping epidemic has led parents, schools and youth-serving organizations to struggle with how to help youth who are addicted to nicotine and want to quit. Now, two new free programs, This is Quitting powered by truth®and My Life, My Quit™, are available to help Massachusetts youth become nicotine  and tobacco-free.

Quitting vapes or other tobacco products can be hard. Here are some ways you can help young people get the support they need:

• "Quitting powered by truth" is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text "VapeFreeMass" to 88709. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
• "My Life, My Quit" has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at mylifemyquit.com.


• Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips.
• Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.
• For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping.
• More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org.

Talking with young people about vaping is essential — youth need to know that vaping is harmful and that help is available for those who want to quit. Visit GetOutraged.org to learn more or contact me at jbrewer@berkshireahec.org or 413-842-5160

Joyce Brewer is  program manager of Berkshire AHEC's Berkshire Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Check the website for counseling and treatment services. 

 

 

 


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BMM Officer Earns Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional Designation

DALTON, Mass. – Jayne Bills, a compliance officer with Berkshire Money Management, has earned the National Regulatory Service's Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional designation.

The IACCP is a comprehensive program that formalizes and standardizes the knowledge, skills and ethical commitment of investment advisory compliance professionals. Accordingly, designees are charged with helping to both maintain an ethical compliance culture in their firm and advance compliance as a profession.

"Registered Investment Advisors are the most regulated group in the financial services industry.  And we love that because people know they won’t get ripped off by annuities, 'free' American Funds, or the stock of the day," said BMM Founder and CEO Allen Harris. "But that also means we have a tremendous and ever-changing compliance workload. You know how a lot of doctors are forced to spend more and more time on paperwork and less and less time with their patients?  Well, Jayne has fixed our version of that problem. She handles the heavy lifting so that our six advisors can focus solely on our clients, as opposed to tracking and documenting data."

Exhaustive certification and course development, together with expert instructors and facilitators from the compliance, legal, regulatory, financial industry, and academic sectors, help ensure that individuals earning the IACCP designation have been trained, tested and certified to meet high industry professional standards.

Coursework for this certification is comprised of 20 two-hour courses that cover topics like the Advisers Act (the predominant law governing Advisers), Ethics, Trading Compliance and more. In addition to this rigorous work, Bills completed an Ethics commitment and assessment paper, and studied various applicable Laws and Rules, SEC Guidance and Interpretations (and various other kinds of SEC publications) in order to pass a three-hour culminating exam. She also completed two years of required IA Compliance experience. In order to maintain her IACCP designation, Bills must complete 12 hours of continuing education each year.

 

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