Vaping is out of control with students everywhere! Vaping is NOT allowed in our schools! Please help us educate our students.
I can't tell you how many times I hear from school leaders and teachers about the vaping problem in and out of our schools with comments like "there is no health risk" and "its only water vapor with flavor" and "there is no harm in vaping." Ugggg. This is so frustrating as a person who educates children on the dangers of so many things and kids just don't listen. I am appealing to you for help in educating your children about the dangers of "Vaping." We are regularly catching students with items used to Vape in their posession at school. This is not just an Oregon issue, but rather a nationwide issue. We need your help.
Kids are vaping all the time and often with adult blessing. Here are just a few items to consider from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
What Are the Risks of E-cigarettes for Young People?
• The brain continues to develop through the early to mid-twenties. Because the adolescent brain is still developing, nicotine use during this critical period can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction.
• Young people are uniquely at risk for long-term effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine, including mood disorders and permanent lowering of impulse control.
• Nicotine activates the limbic system more strongly in the adolescent brain than in the adult brain, making addiction a greater risk for youth who use nicotine.
• E-cigarette use is strongly associated with other tobacco product use, including regular cigarettes.
• Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including: » ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs » flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to bronchiolitis obliterans (“popcorn lung,” so identified because of the incidence of the disease in workers at plants that used flavorants containing diacetyl in microwave popcorn) » volatile organic compounds » heavy metals, including nickel, tin, chromium, and lead.
• The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless, either for users or for others who are exposed to secondhand aerosol. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including nicotine
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Thank you for your help in communicating this huge growing issue. Have a great weekend.