May 1, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians of Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School:
Across the nation, there has been a significant increase in the use of electronic smoking devices by students to “vape” tobacco and other nicotine products. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, electronic smoking devices (often called “vapes” or “e-cigarettes”) are the most common nicotine delivery system among youth in the United States.
Vapes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and/or flavorings without burning tobacco. In most e-cigarettes, puffing activates the battery powered heating device, which vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge. The resulting vapor is then inhaled (called ”vaping”). On many vapes and e-cigarettes that are being used, the wattage can be turned up to an unnecessary high level, thus promoting a higher concentration of nicotine per puff. Despite growing in popularity, many questions remain over vapes and potential health risks. Because vapes can contain nicotine, they may serve as a “gateway” drug to addict yount people who may go on to regular cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. In the state of New Jersey, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase a vape pen or cartridge.