The Epidemic of Teen Vaping
What Students are Saying
The more students we ask, the more it becomes clear. Teen vaping in school is a distraction. The national Tobacco Youth Survey reveals that 3.6 million kids in the United States say they vape on a regular basis. We talked to some students that showed up to our Tobacco Class. One female student said “It’s too easy to get.” and a male student said “It’s safer than cigarettes, so it’s not that big of a deal.”
It’s actually a big deal.
Vaping is addicting a whole new generation to nicotine. A female student at Tobacco Class said “It gives you a good head rush when you vape.” It’s not only the nicotine addiction that should have parents and educators worried. According to truthiniatiive.org in 2015, 65.2 percent of youth who had used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days also reported using another tobacco product in the same time frame.
Easy to Conceal
Students say the easiest ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System) device to conceal is the Juul. It looks more like a flash drive than a vape pen. Students we’ve talked to say they have even used their Chromeooks in school to charge their Juul. Students use techniques like zeroing and stealth to vape in plain sight. The Juul is also easy to replace if it breaks. One male student told us “you just need to grab an I.D. from your Mom’s purse go to Juul’s website and order a replacement.
We decided to get a feel for how the community see’s the problem. We polled the Facebook group Happening now in Roane County, and here are the results.
Finding the Answer
We can not stress this enough, talk to your kids. Talk to them about vaping, and tobacco use. Be prepared for the conversation. don’t just wing it. Be ready to hear the truth, and don’t overreact. Do some research, and find out what the different type of vape pens look like. You can always stop by our office and ask us for advice.