All school boards should address rise of vaping

There’s a new threat to the health of our children. It’s vaping, in which electronic devices — e-cigarettes — heat a liquid and produce an aerosol that delivers nicotine and other substances.

The Centers for Disease Control says the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and young adults.

“Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s,” the centers states on its website.

But it’s more than just nicotine. There may be other harmful substances in e-cigarettes, which ultimately may lead to smoking cigarettes as an adult, according to the centers.

On top of that, a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use released in December showed twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes in 2018 compared with 2017, an unprecedented jump.

Given both factors, we were more than just interested this week when Jersey Shore Area School Board amended its tobacco policy to include vaping.

“I do not believe that parents are understanding the severity of the materials that our students are vaping with,” said Dr. Jill Wenrich, district superintendent.

We agree. Our hope is that other school districts will follow suit, if they haven’t already addressed this issue.


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