HULL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A local filmmaker is combining her passion for documentary work with her health and wellness advocacy into one venture.
Lori Tobin was inspired to make a documentary about the dangers of vaping after witnessing preteens in her hometown taking advantage of the device.
“I was driving through town [and] I see one of the kids that’s been in my exercise program,” Tobin explained. “This plume of smoke came out of this kid and I thought, ‘this is not okay.’”
The documentarian gathered facts and talked to kids who had been severely injured from excessive vaping. The result was a self-produced film called “Taking A Toke.”
The documentary “takes viewers into the challenged journey of many moms fighting a battle for their children,” according to the film’s website.
It explores now vaping was originally introduced as a safe alternative to smoking, but targeted younger people and impacted their health, families and peace of mind.
“By interviewing leading pediatricians, activists, and other experts in the area, this film is intended to inform parents and policymakers on the hidden harms of underage vaping,” the site continued.
As an anti-vaping activist and advocate of children’s health, Tobin said the purpose of the film was to arm kids with knowledge about the dangers of vaping.
“You want to do something to protect the kids,” she said.
Tobin is also the founder of SporTobin, a Hull-based apparel company with custom-made workout clothes. She also supports several local youth exercise and sports programs.
WBZ’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) sat down with Tobin to get more information about her latest endeavor: