I’d to take a moment to share some information with you regarding student vaping. Eagle River Secondary, like many other schools, has seen an increase in student vaping and we are very concerned about the health of all our students and staff.
Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapor produced by an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette. The vapor can contain nicotine and other substances which is concerning. The liquids that are vaporized come in many different flavors and might even smell fruity. For example, many of the flavors of these liquid concentrates, or ‘vape juices’, are sweet and even have names such as, cinnamon roll, marshmallow,
grape, strawberry, bubblegum, lemonade and cookies.
Vaporizers/e-cigarettes come in all different shapes. Some common styles we see look like a thick pen, a stylus for an iPad, a flash drive, or a small flask with a round chimney coming off the top. The devices are very small and can easily be hidden on a person or blend in with normal backpack items. Like cigarettes, stores cannot sell vaping items to people under the age of 18. However, students report that they purchase the devices online or buy from older siblings, friends, or unfortunately even parents.
When students vape in school bathrooms it can be due to an addiction to nicotine they have developed, a peer pressure issue, or they are simply curious and want to try it out. In any case, spending excessive time out of class is heavily correlated to lower grades and a diminished understanding of course work. Additionally, vaping on school grounds negatively impacts students and staff who do not want to be exposed to or breathe in vapor.
We encourage you to have a conversation with your child/children about vaping. Feel free to use the link below as a conversation starter at home. As we learn more, we will certainly share that information.