Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that’s not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teenagers, or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes also contain other harmful chemicals such as:
- Nicotine – Active component of tobacco and found in pesticides.
- Formaldehyde – A gas often used in building materials, manufactured wood, adhesives, and other materials.
- Cadmium – Metal found in batteries.
- Arsenic – A poisonous substance that is often used to kill rodents.
Vaping, Marijuana, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
Of course, vaping isn’t the only addiction parents need to be aware of–it’s just the most recent. Marijuana, alcohol, and other drugs are still relevant risks for our students. To learn more about how these risks affect the children in our area specifically, as well as how to help your children avoid becoming one of these statistics, take a look at this slideshow created for the PTO in March 2019.
Here’s another helpful link: Stanford Medicine.