Vaping and Juuling
Students are receiving co-curricular suspensions for vaping.
At least four ASD students have received co-curricular suspensions in the past three months for vaping. Students were from both the middle school and high school. Nationally, the number of youth who are vaping is skyrocketing. According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal on September 21, 2018, the number of youth vaping or juuling is up 75% from last year.
Be aware these devices come in many varieties of shapes and sizes, many of which look like USB devices.
Vaping means using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device. It is referred to as vaping because tiny puffs or clouds of vapor are produced when using the devices. E-cigarettes are battery powered and deliver nicotine through a liquid (called e-juice), which turns into a vapor when using the devices. The liquid comes in flavors, such as mint, fruit, and bubble gum, which appeal to kids. (It should be noted that the popular vape company Juul Labs is now under investigation for purposely targeting youth.)
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.
Vaping and JUULing are not safe for kids.
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and no amount of nicotine is safe. Nicotine is very addictive and can harm children and teens’ developing brains. Using nicotine can cause problems with learning and attention and can lead to addiction. Even being around others who use e-cigarettes and breathing the cloud they exhale can expose youth to nicotine and chemicals that can be dangerous to their health. Studies have also shown that kids who vape are more likely to use cigarettes or other tobacco products later in life.
Vaping, Juuling, Cigarettes, Tobacco Products, Alcohol, and other drugs are strictly prohibited.
Having any kind of e-juice, vaping or juuling paraphernalia, tobacco products, alcohol or other drugs is not allowed on any Algoma School District property. No distinction is made as to whether or not the vaping or juuling material contains nicotine. Vaping and Juuling is strictly prohibited. Any use or possession of the products above is a violation of the co-curricular code.
What can parents do?
It is important to talk with kids about the dangers of vaping. Youth see e-cigarette advertisements from many sources, including retail stores, the internet, TV, movies, magazines, and newspapers. They can also see posts or photos about vaping on social media. Parents should monitor screen time use and talk to their youth about what they may have seen or heard about vaping. Parents can also be role models and set a positive example by being tobacco free.
Resources for Parents:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Office on Smoking and Health. (n.d.) Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents. Retrieved from
CATCH My Breath Program. (n.d.) Parent Resources. Retrieved from https://catch.org/lessons/catch-my-breath-middle-school-parent-resources
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2018) Youth Tobacco Use: Results from the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017) E-cigarette Ads and Youth. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/ecigarette-ads/index.html
Bibliographical Note: Source for information, picture, and references above retrieved from Penn State’s 5210 Webpage on 12/18/2018. Url: https://5210.psu.edu/what-parents-need-to-know-vaping-juuling/