Important Message for Parents
Many of you with late middle school and high school students have expressed concerns about the teen trend of vaping, juuling, and using e-cigarette products. Please know that as an administration and faculty, we too are concerned about this trend and are taking steps to educate ourselves about it and all that it entails.
We shared some links with faculty about this topic so that they could be more aware of what could be going on at school. We thought it would be a good idea to share this information with parents as well, since these behaviors could also be occurring at home.
Most teens are curious about E-cigarettes. In 2016, about 11% of high school students in the United States reported regularly using E-cigarettes. In some areas, nearly half of high school students have tried an E-cigarette. Most teens believe that E-cigarettes are safe. In reality, E-cigarettes contain nicotine and toxins, some of which are known to cause cancer.
Nicotine is highly addictive, especially to a developing teen brain. What begins as experimentation can easily lead to a lifetime of nicotine addiction. It does not take that long for young people to become addicted to nicotine because e-cigarettes provide nicotine in doses as large as, or larger than, regular cigarettes do. Nicotine can also be a social and biological “gateway” for the use of other substances.
Please access the links below to learn more about what adults can do to prevent teen vaping, juuling, and the use of various e-cigarette products. Please discuss this with your children and make your expectations clear about this behavior. As an administration and faculty, we will do our part to educate students as well. As always, thank you for partnering with us to ensure a safe environment for our students.
Dean of Students
The JUUL (pronounced “jewel”) is of particular concern, for several reasons. First, it has one of the highest nicotine strengths on the market at 59mg/ml. JUULs look like a USB drive and are easy to disguise among regular school supplies. They come in fruity and sweet smelling flavors attractive to teens and do not leave a long lasting odor, like cigarettes.
CATCH My Breath is a youth E-cigarette prevention program developed by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the UTHealth School of Public Health. The program’s goal is to prevent the use of E-cigarettes by students 11-18 years old – or 6th – 12th grades. Their Parent Resource Page contains a wealth of information to help parents educate themselves and prepare to educate their teens.
State Laws Pertaining to E-Cigarettes and Vaping Products
Smoking or carrying electronic cigarettes and advanced personal vaporizers prohibited on any school property.
Sale/distribution of vapor products to persons under age 18 prohibited.
Purchase of vapor product by persons under age 18 prohibited.
Possession of vapor product by persons under age 18 prohibited unless accompanied by parent or in a private residence.
Catholic High Handbook Policies
Page 24 of the Catholic High Handbook addresses Harmful Substances, stating that their use or possession on campus or at school-related activities is forbidden. The designated disciplinary action begins with suspension. Aside from lost time in school, suspensions include academic consequences. These are fully detailed on pages 28-29.