The impact of e-cigarettes on our schools
In recent months, great steps have been taken to reduce the impact of e-cigarettes on middle and high schools across the country. However, this in no way means that the tobacco industry has been contained. In fact, the CDC estimates that in 2020, 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) and 4.7% of middle school students (550,000) reported currently using e-cigarettes in the United States. This is a problem that has gone on for too long.
Nicotine use during adolescence poses a threat to students’ developing brains, affecting learning, memory and attention spans, as well as increasing the risk of future nicotine addiction, according to the Surgeon General. other drugs. Even scarier, e-cigarettes can be modified to contain other substances, including marijuana and other dangerous and illegal drugs. As with nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain much purer and more potent doses of the active ingredient (THC) in marijuana than a typical marijuana cigarette. A student who buys an e-cig or shares an e-cig with a friend may have no way of knowing that the device contains potentially dangerous drugs.
Public schools in Rio Rancho do not take the use of e-cigarettes lightly. The disciplinary matrix will be followed for students who are in possession or use of e-cigs, including 1-10 day suspension out of school depending on level of violation and number of violations.
The internet has some great resources to help parents teach their kids about e-cigs and learn more about themselves. One such resource is the US Surgeon General’s e-cig web portal, https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov.