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The Use of Electronic Cigarettes is Dangerous

Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products are proliferating all age groups in our society.  We have seen a great increase of student use of these products in our schools.  They are very dangerous and strictly prohibited on school grounds. 

Youth and young adults are the primary users of e-cigarettes.  High school students use e-cigarettes at a rate five times higher than adults over the age of 25.  They say that their reasons for trying and using e-cigarettes are flavor and taste along with curiosity and a belief that they are less harmful than other tobacco products.

The fact is that these devices are very harmful.  They contain nicotine which is highly addictive and lead to lower impulse control and mood disorders.  Nicotine can also disrupt attention and learning among young people and serve as a gateway to other harmful substance abuse.

The aerosol propellant contains compounds toxins and heavy metals which can increase the risk for lung cancer, asthma, and heart disease. 

These devices are bad for everyone.  We encourage you to discuss this with your children and make them aware of the risks.  Peer pressure is a major factor in the use of these highly addictive e-cigarettes. 

If you need help or resources to address the use of these devices by someone in your family please contact your child’s guidance counselor or any building administrator. Please click on the links below for additional information.

 

Information on Electronic Cigarettes

Information on Electronic Cigarettes in Spanish

Fact Sheet on the Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

Information from the United States Surgeon General on Electronic Cigarettes