Vaping: What Students Should Know
Harmful chemicals, nicotine addiction, disciplinary consequences, and other potential hazards–vaping is risky behavior.
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 (CDC) states that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teenagers, or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes also contain other harmful chemicals such as:
- Nicotine – Active component of tobacco and found in pesticides.
- 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.
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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. Students may face additional sanctions if they participate in a sport or activity where the Virginia High School League (VHSL) participation agreement is in place.
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?