Vaping has been all over the news lately, especially since lung illness and deaths have been linked to vaping – and more specifically, youth vaping. In an effort to bring awareness to the issue, Carver Middle School is hosting a workshop on vaping on Oct. 3 in its Parent University series. Parent University is a resource that has been implemented by assistant principal Kristen Fanning. In its third year of offering this resource, the feedback on suggested topics prompted the decision to host a workshop on teen vaping.
In a public service announcement on the dangers of vaping, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta noted that in 2018, CDC and FDA statistics reveal that in 2018 more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high schoolers and 1 in 20 middle schoolers, used e-cigarettes in the past month.
In pointing out the risks for youth on its website, the CDC noted:
“Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, and that nicotine exposure during adolescence can:
- Harm brain development, which continues until about 25 years of age
- Impact learning, memory and attention
- Increase the risk for future addiction to drugs
- Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to use regular cigarettes
- Many e-cigarettes come in kid-friendly flavors, such as mango, fruit and creme, making them more appealing to young people.
E-cigarettes aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful substances including:
- Cancer-causing chemicals
- Volatile organic compounds
- Ultrafine particles
- Flavorings that have been linked to lung disease
- Heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead”
Above information courtesy of the CDC. More information from the CDC on this topic can be found at this link.
The forum on Vaping Among Teens will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 3 at Carver Middle School located at 1095 Good Hope Road, Monroe. Food will be provided, and parents will be able to shop from the Parent Closet once the workshop has concluded.