Vaping: What Students Should Know
Nicotine addiction, severe lung illness, and deaths have been reported–vaping is risky behavior!
Fairfax County Health Department AdvisoryIf you're experiencing respiratory issues and have a history of using vaping products, please see your primary medical doctor. Health care providers in Fairfax County are being instructed to report suspected cases of severe respiratory illness associated with vaping to the disease reporting unit at 703-246-2433 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that's not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). As of February 18, 68 deaths have been confirmed in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes also contain other harmful chemicals such as:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – A psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, which may contain Vitamin E acetate for vaping purposes.
- Formaldehyde – A gas often used in building materials, manufactured wood, adhesives, and other materials.
- Cadmium – Metal found in batteries.
- Arsenic – A poisonous substance that is often used to kill rodents.
If you have already started vaping and want to stop but don’t know how, your school pyramid’s substance abuse prevention specialist (SAPS) can help. Please ask your school administrator, social worker, counselor, or psychologist for the name of your school’s SAPS.
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Get Help Quitting E-CigarettesPlease reach out to Truth Initiative's free This Is Quitting program by texting DITCHJUUL to 88709. You got this!
What Happens If a Student Is Caught Vaping?
FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences, as noted in the SR&R.
Vaping: Myths vs. Facts
There are many mixed messages floating around about vaping. It's time to clear the air. Learn the truth about e-cigarettes from Tobacco Free CO.
It's Not Safe to Vape!Did you know that one Juul pod = 20 cigarettes' worth of nicotine?
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