Guess how many Laramie County teens say they’ve talked to a parent about substance use?

After conducting two separate surveys—one with Laramie County teens, another with parents of Laramie County teens—we learned that while 96% of parents say they’ve talked with their kids about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol or drug use, only 51% of Laramie County teens can say the same.

So, we asked parents:

“What resources would you find helpful to kick-start a conversation about underage substance use with your teen?”

With 75% of the vote, substance fact sheets took home the win. You’ll find those facts below in the form of simple, easy-to-read infographics about alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarettes/vaping.  

Laramie County Facts Infographic

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Alcohol Infographic

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Marijuana Infographic

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Vaping Infographic

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Additional Resources

For more information about underage substance abuse prevention, visit the resources below.

Infographic Statistic Resources
  1. Marijuana’s effects on attention span, memory and learning may last for weeks, or even be permanent. (
  2. Teens who use marijuana before age 18 are up to seven times more likely to develop a drug problem. (
  3. Heavy marijuana use is linked to lower income, unemployment, and lower life satisfaction. (
  4. Marijuana smoke contains more carcinogens than cigarette smoke. (
  5. Marijuana use can lead to the development of long-lasting mental disorders, including schizophrenia. (
  6. In 2019, a study showed that one in four 12th graders, one in five 10th graders, and one in ten 8th graders said they had vaped in the past month. (
  7. 66% of teens believe they’re vaping “just flavoring.”. (
  8. A recent CDC study found that 99% of the e-cigarettes sold in assessed venues in the United States contained nicotine. (
  9. Using nicotine while the brain is still developing can harm the parts of the brain that control attention span, learning, mood, and impulse control. (
  10. In 2019, 41% of Laramie County high school students said they had vaped in the last 30 days. (
  11. In 2019, 39% of Laramie County high school students said they had used alcohol in the last 30 days. 
  12. In Cheyenne, a ticket for underage drinking will show up in any background checks by future employers, military recruiters, or colleges. (Cheyenne Police Department) 
  13. In 2018, 40% of 10th and 12th graders said they had consumed alcohol at home within the past year. (
  14. More than 20% of underage drinkers began drinking before age 13. (
  15. The part of the brain responsible for forming new memories was noticeably smaller in youth who abused alcohol than in their non-drinking peers. (