Franklin County, In. — Through a partnership with Margaret Mary Health and Stayin’ Alive, LCC Franklin County sheriff’s deputy Jason Lovins presented the program “Mentoring Successful Athletes” recently. Athletes gathered in the auditorium during their “Impact” period to hear about the dangers of tobacco and vapes, health-related issues, as well as legal consequences.Law Enforcement, health professionals, and school administrators across the country are seeing a dramatic increase among teenagers when it comes to tobacco and vaping use. “This is an alarming trend and we anticipate increased health related problems as these teens become adults,” stated Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy. “Any chance that we can use to educate the public about the dangers of tobacco, vaping, and nicotine addiction, we are happy to do our part,” Sheriff Murphy continued.“Mentoring Successful Athletes” is a new program being offered this year at the Franklin County High School by the partnership of Margaret Mary Health and Stayin’ Alive LCC. This program has three areas of focus: athletes, coaches, and parents.Anyone needing assistance to quit tobacco and vaping can contact 1-800-Quit-Now, operated by the National Cancer Institute.