Take time to learn about vaping and have a conversation with your student
It seems every day, there is a new article or news story regarding the use of E-cigarettes, vapes or juuls by teens. The variety of devices and ease in which they can be concealed have helped create challenges at home and at school in addressing the concerns over use. The number of instances of students using or having vaping items at school has increased significantly since the start of the school year. Vaping has the potential to impact the health of our students and disrupt their education.
Please take time to speak with your student about these devices. Our state’s public health law bans the use of these devices in public places the same as it does with the use of tobacco. Our school’s code of conduct prohibits use and possession of vaping items. The health risks of use appear to be underestimated with limited knowledge of the long term effects of use.
Many resources exist for schools and parents. Some links are listed below. Take time to review the information and develop your own awareness. Even if you have talked about the topic before, continue the conversation with your student. If you have not, do not hesitate in having the conversation. The draw of this to our youth is significant.
Please contact us at Homer High School if we can help in any way, and use some of the resources below (click to visit on new page):
U.S. Surgeon General’s Website on e-Cigarettes
Partnership for Drug Free Kids Vaping Guide (very detailed)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention “Tip Sheet for Parents”
American Lung Association “What Teens Should Know” Flyer