E-cigarettes, also known as vapes, are battery-operated devices that heat up liquid nicotine to generate an aerosol that users inhale. Smoking e-cigs is more discreet and easier to get away with than traditional cigarettes. New research estimates that about 3 million adolescents vape.
Vaping is one of the current trends hitting schools. And vaping devices are difficult for parents, teachers and school officials to detect than cigarettes. E-cigs come in many forms. They can resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars, pipes and even normal everyday items including pens and, gaining in popularity due to its discreteness, USB memory sticks, which are called Juuls. The explosive use of Juuls among teenagers has health experts and parents alike extremely concerned due to the device’s high nicotine content. Each Juul pod contains 5% nicotine, the equivalent of 1 pack of cigarettes or 200 puffs. Youth often believe that the liquid used in vaping only contains water and flavoring and are unaware that it contains nicotine. Therefore, they may think vaping is less dangerous than using other tobacco products, such as cigarettes. The amount of nicotine in the liquid can be the same or even more than the amount found in cigarettes.
Surveys have found among those who reported vaping, nearly 1 in 3 high school students and about 1 in 4 middle school students reported using cannabis in the devices.
Know where the district stands on the use of these products.
School Board Policy
USE OF TOBACCO, NICOTINE PRODUCTS AND DELIVERY DEVICES
Know the various forms of devices used
Find more information on this topic by following the links below.
Survey Reveals Popularity of Vaping by U.S. Youth
Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults
The Facts About Teen Vaping
Know The Risks E-cigarettes & Young People
Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents
Hable con sus hijos adolescentes sobre los cigarrillos electrónicos (e-cigarrillos): Hoja con consejos para los padres
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