PPHS Parent information about vaping
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.
Below are some of the facts regarding vapes and e-cigarettes:
- Most vapes contain nicotine, however, nicotine-less vapes can be purchased.
- Vapes that do not contain nicotine usually contain e-juice that is flavored. This flavoring is similar to the artificial flavoring they use in many foods. While studies are still determining the negative long-term effects, we know it is safe to eat, but not safe to inhale.
- The body is being exposed to other chemicals besides nicotine and/or flavoring when one is vaping, all of which can potentially lead to premature death.
- Many adolescents smoke “THC” oil in their vapes. THC is Tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive constituent of marijuana.
- Vape cartridges can be refilled. If an adolescent can find a way to boil down any type of drug into an oil, they can smoke it.
As a family, please review the links below and discuss the risks involved with your son/daughter: