ADDRESSING THE INCREASE IN This year has seen a significant increase in the number of students who’ve been reprimanded for using or possessing vapes/vaporizers on campus. This increase is consistent with the upswing of people outside our community who are vaping. Some attribute this increase to a perception that vaping is less harmful than traditional cigarette smoking. While the harmful effects of vaping are different from those of cigarette smoking, studies show that the harm is no less real or serious. The resources below provide further evidence of our need to educate students about the dangers of vaping. To that end, we’d like to partner with you to keep students safe and healthy. Please speak with your student about the dangers of starting this harmful habit. On our end, we’re taking the following steps:
- Educating parents with the resources below.
- Educating students through our health courses with specific lessons targeting the use of vapes/vaporizers.
- Increasing penalties for the use or possession of vapes/vaporizers on campus. The new policies can be found on page 54 of the 2017/18 Student/Parent Handbook available on the Montini Web site.
- “Vaping is Far from Harmless” PBS
- “E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults” US Department of Health & Human Services
- “Perceptions of Harm to Children Exposed to Secondhand Aerosol From Electronic Vapor Products” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- “Are E-Cigs Bad for Your Health?” TIME
- “Surgeon General Sounds the Alarm on Teens and e-Cigarettes” CNN
- Article about JUULing