We are providing information on a topic that is becoming a growing health concern for our youth. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), more commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vaping pens, vapes, e-pipes, tanks, or e-hookahs, are gaining in popularity among middle and high school students. While much education has been provided regarding the health risks and dangers of smoking cigarettes, much less has been provided about e-cigarettes which inadvertently sends an incorrect message to youth that these products have no harmful health consequences.
This is to inform you about how e-cigarettes work, what these devices look like, the prevalence of e-cigarettes among youth, the associated health risks, our policies on e-cigarettes, and request your help in discussing these harmful products with your children/students.
Talk with your Teen about E-Cigarettes – A Tip Sheet for Parents
Please review the following information shared by the FDA and Surgeon General.
How do e-cigarettes work?
What do e-cigarettes look like?
How are e-cigarettes harmful to youth?
E-cigarettes Are Prohibited In Our Schools
We’d like to make sure students are aware that the possession or use (including sale or distribution) of tobacco or a look-alike substances (vape pen, e-cigarettes, etc.) by students is prohibited. Tobacco products in the possession of students will be confiscated with associated disciplinary actions. Tobacco, in all of its forms, is prohibited on school grounds. Please see our High School and Middle School Student Handbooks for more information. These policies are meant to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn in a healthy educational environment.
It is important to prevent harm to youth and young adults from e-cigarettes. We know enough to take action now to protect the health of our nation’s young people. Everyone has a role, including parents, health care providers, teachers, and others who work with and care about young people.
Stephen A. Pettit, High School Principal
Michael Dailey, Junior High Principal
Scott Bauer, Spring Creek Principal