Vaping: What You Need to Know

Vaping: What You Need to Know
Posted on 09/27/2019
a man with an e-cigarette and vapor in the air

At Castleberry ISD we take student safety seriously. It is our goal to ensure that every student has a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow. It is also important that students learn to make responsible choices regarding their health and well being. In that spirit, we would like to provide some information and resources to help you and your students understand some of the information that is available regarding vaping. We feel that this is especially important now after the recent deaths that have been confirmed to be connected to the use of e-cigarettes.

Vaping, or the use of electronic or e-cigarettes, is an activity that has seen a significant increase since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2006. You may have heard them called by other names such as vapes, vape pens, dab pens, or JUULs. According to truthinitiative.org, vape use among high school students has risen from 1.5% of surveyed students in 2011 to 11.7% in 2017. Vaping among middle school students has also seen an increase from .6% in 2011 to 3.3% of surveyed students in 2017. The U.S. Surgeon General has even gone so far as to declare teen vaping a nationwide epidemic.

Schools, parents, and communities across the country are becoming more concerned as these products are marketed to youthful audiences. The liquid charges, often called Juice or E-Juice, are frequently flavored with youth enticing tastes such as ice cream, Rocket Popsicle, and fruit flavors like mango and strawberry. Some E-liquids are loaded with THC- the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. These THC containing liquids are illegal, and students found with them could face serious legal consequences. Because of the increased efficiency of THC concentrates, like vaping liquid, they are classified differently and possession of any amount of THC concentrates starts as a felony in the state of Texas. The possession of E-cigarettes by individuals under the age of 18 is also illegal. Castleberry ISD has a zero-tolerance policy as it relates to vaping and those who possess, use, or distribute such devices.

We are encouraging the parents of our community to have frank conversations with their children about vaping and the dangers it presents. Please visit the resources below for more information on electronic cigarettes. Thank you for your attention on this matter, and for helping us grow the minds of tomorrow today.

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