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Important Warnings For Parents About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

12/18/2018

E-cigarettes are not allowed to be used on Volusia School properties.‚Äč E-cigarette use by kids and young adults has increased at an alarming rate in the past several years. E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among kids in the United States.

Volusia County Schools' Dr. Grace Kellermeier says, "E-cigarettes contain no water, the vapor is derived solely from chemicals. The popular Juul, which looks like a jump drive and recharges in a USB port, contains a level of nicotine that is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes."

E-cigarettes or vapes can come in different pen or box-like forms. While they do emit a puff of vapor when used, it may be difficult to see, smell, or detect e-cigarette "smoke." As a result, teenagers may be able to vape at home or school without drawing a lot of attention. E-cigarettes come in different varieties and flavors but inhaling these can still be harmful to the body.

Compared with older adults, the brain of youth and young adults is more vulnerable to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure. The effects include addiction, priming for use of other addictive substances, reduced impulse control, deficits in attention and cognition, and mood disorders.

Dr. Grace Kellermeier says, "It's relatively new, we do not yet know the potential long-term effects of this dangerous habit among our youth."

Here are some links for more information about E-cigarettes and how to talk with your child about the issue.

Surgeon General's website on e-cigarettes

Having a conversation with your students

E-cigarettes come in many forms, and can look something like what is seen below in the pictures:

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