Have you heard of a Dome? Shack? Zero'ing? How familiar are with vaping health hazards and devices? Do you know the short & long-term effects of e-cigarettes?
- Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, include "vapes", hookah pens or JUULs. They are battery-powered devices that heat an e-liquid sometimes called "e-juice" that most often contains nicotine. E-cigarettes are inhaled like regular cigarettes and produce an aerosol cloud of nicotine or other substances. Many look like common backpack items such as USB drives, pens, lipsticks and phones. They are not proven to be a safer alternative to cigarettes.
- There is no FDA oversight of the manufacturing of these products - which means there is no oversight regarding potentially harmful ingredients.
- According to the manufacturer, one JUUL pod may contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
- E-liquids come in fruit flavors that appeal to youth like bubble gum, mango, chocolate and Fruit Loops.
- The aerosol produced by e-cigarettes isn't water vapor and it isn't harmless. E-cigarettes almost always contain harmful ingredientsincluding nicotine.
- Acrolein (an herbicide used to kill weeds), a known ingredient of many e-cigarettes, causes irreversible lung damage. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain.
- From 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students in the US increased by 900 percent.
- The American Lung Association agrees with the Food and Drug Administration that youth use of e-cigarettes has reached an epidemic.
In an effort to inform parents, PLHS has put together this source of information regarding the serious health risks of e-cigarettes, as well as examples of what the devices look like. Please see this study guide that PL students created for adults to understand what to look for and terminology used.
Visit Lung.org/ecigs to view the American Lung Association's statement on e-cigarettes, learn facts and download resources for parents and teens. You can also find links to other websites, reports, educational materials, toolkits and more information on e-cigarettes here. For helpful tools on how to start a conversation with your teen, click here.
For more information, check out this powerful TEDMED Talk by Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin on "What you should know about vaping and e-cigarettes."
PLHS has seen a dramatic increase in vaping over the past school year, and disciplinary action has been and will be taken. The school is serious about educating our students, families and staff about the threat of this new, dangerously addictive trend that is pervasive in our community, and society as a whole. We encourage parents to familiarize yourselves with the devices, be informed on the facts, stay vigilant and open up a discussion with your children.