Vaping, also know as Juuling, has become more and more popular with teens and high school students in recent years. Vaping means using an electronic cigarette to deliver nicotine into the body through a liquid called e-juice. The liquid comes in flavors that are appealing to students, including mint, fruit flavors, and bubble gum. Many students believe that vaping is only water vapor being inhaled. Therefore, many students believe that vaping is less dangerous than using tobacco. This simply isn’t true. When you vape or Juul, nicotine is taken into the body, and no amount of nicotine is safe. Here is a recent video from the NBC TODAY Show which provides an overview of vaping.
In the Middle School, vaping and its dangers is a part of our Health and Wellness curriculum which all students have each school year. Please spend some time talking about the dangers of vaping with your child(ren). Below are some examples of what vapes, juuls, and e-cigarettes look like to assist your awareness of these devices.
If you have questions regarding vaping or e-cigarette use in teens, the article linked here from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) will provide additional guidance. Another helpful resource linked here provides guidance to parents on what signs you should be on the lookout for if you are concerned your teen is vaping.