Title: Drawing the attention of policymakers to the negative impact of vaping/marijuana use on memory retention
Introduction The increasing use of marijuana and vaping by adolescents is a serious public health issue. Researchers discovered that regular vaping/marijuana consumption negatively impacts adolescents’ memory. It is important that as a researcher, you bring the information about vaping/marijuana to policymakers’ attention to help inform their decisions and to promote health and well-being of adolescents. This paper outlines a strategy to draw the attention of decision-makers like the school board and state legislators, on the adverse effects of vaping/marijuana use.
Strategie: To bring the impact of marijuana/vaping on memory to policymakers’ attention, there are four steps that must be taken: identify the decision makers, develop the message, select the communication mode, and follow up.
Finding the Decision Makers: The first thing to do is identify those policymakers with the power to impact adolescents’ health and welfare. The local school board, as well as state legislators can have a significant impact on policies relating to marijuana/vaping use by adolescents. Local school boards can implement policies to regulate vaping/marijuana use in schools. State legislators may introduce legislation that governs the use and sale of marijuana/vaping in their state.
It is important to craft a message which highlights the harmful effects of marijuana and vaping on the memory. This message must be backed by reliable sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health. It is important to highlight how memory loss can affect academic performance, interpersonal interactions and quality of life.
Selecting the Communication Mode: It is important to choose the right communication mode in order for policymakers to receive and act on the message. You can use a variety of modes to communicate, such as letters, email, phone calls and face-to-face meetings. In order to get the attention of a wide range of policymakers and influencers, letters and emails work well. However, phone calls and face-to-face meetings allow you to build relationships with people and advocate for changes. The in-person meeting is the best way to establish a relationship with policymakers, and also provide an opportunity for them to ask questions or voice concerns.
Final Step: Follow up to make sure the message was received. You must be prepared to answer questions, provide any additional information or give clarification. Following up also provides an opportunity to gauge the policymakers’ level of interest and commitment to taking action.
Conclusion: It is important to bring the impact of marijuana/vaping on memory loss and the policymakers’ attention. This will help promote the wellbeing and health of teenagers. To reach policymakers with this information, you must identify them, develop a message that is clear and concise, select the communication method, and follow up. Success of the strategy depends on being able to clearly communicate and develop relationships with the policymakers. It is important that as a leader in healthcare, you advocate policies which promote health and well-being of vulnerable groups, like adolescents who vape/use marijuana.