Newbury Schools Shares Important Resources and Information for Vaping
In an effort to be proactive regarding a topic of great importance among school-aged children throughout the nation, the Newbury Schools would like to share several important resources with the community about vaping. First, a two-page warning about the harmful affects of vaping is available to parents and students along with the names of local professionals and experts who have closely studied the matter and can provide more insights and information. The second resource is a reference to information from our local state legislator, the Ohio General Assembly and what is being done on a statewide level to communicate the dangerous affects of vaping. The Newbury Schools intends to help with practical, hands-on information regarding the vaping topic, which has recently grown in attention and importance. Thank you for your continued support of the Newbury Schools.
A Warning Against Vaping
Thank goodness tobacco smoking has decreased among teens! BUT “vaping” has greatly increased! E-cigs are addicting a new generation of young people and threaten to reverse decades of progress in reducing youth tobacco use. E-cig companies, such as Juul and Novo, have aggressively marketed e-cigs to youth with bubble gum, banana split, cotton candy flavors. Juul pods contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. E-cig manufacturers are not required to report their ingredients. Marlboro-maker, Altria, spent over $12 billion buying into Juul. A Juul is small and easy to hide, using it in school bathrooms, the hall, and even in the classroom. Schools are doing all they can to detect vaping devices, and students in both middle and high schools are suspended and might be mandated to attend sessions to learn the dangers of vaping.
Vapors are toxic and can trigger inflammation linked to asthma, stroke and diabetes. Some young people who vape have been hospitalized, some on ventilators. Inhaled nicotine increases heart rate, blood pressure, is highly addictive, and may lead to changes in the developing adolescent brain, and may increase the risk of addiction to other drugs. Companies are making marijuana pods to fit the Juul. Marijuana affects thinking, problem-solving, memory, reaction time, coordination, school performance. Marijuana increases the risk of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, etc.
Students can order vape pens, e-cigs on-line. They might buy them from other students, gas stations, etc. It is ILLEGAL to give or sell e-cigs, vape pens, or other tobacco products to anyone under 21! There will be jail time and a fine. There’s a reason for that—the health and future of our youth!
Citizens Against Recreational Marijuana (CARM) [8-26-19]
Pat Leech, BA email@example.com
Linda P. Miller, MSSA, LSW firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Alice Bell, BA, OCPC, Prevention Education Specialist, Ravenwood Health
Lynn Kempf, MA, Prevention Specialist
Dr. J. Vern Kempf, PhD Chemist
John D. Leech, LL.B
Lee A. Miller, Community Volunteer
Matt Petersen, AA, ASW, BS, OCPS, Prevention Education Specialist, Lake-
Geauga Recovery Center
A LETTER FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIANE V. GRENDELL
September 10, 2019
I am reaching out to you today not only as your state representative, but also as an individual who is concerned about the harmful effects vaping has on our children. When a child vapes, they are inhaling poisonous materials such as nicotine, potential carcinogens, and lead. I care deeply about the health and well-being of my constituents, and want to ensure you are aware of the dangers of vaping, and what the state has done through the recently passed state budget to address this issue.
Vaping is not safe. Vaping is addictive, and is harmful to brain development for users under 25. Nicotine, chemical flavors, and additives are harmful to the lungs and heart.
Though electronic cigarettes are advertised as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, and due to this may be perceived as a good decision to make among our youth, an electronic cigarette may contain just as much nicotine as a pack of traditional cigarettes. The lives of our children are at stake as more and more of our youth begin to actively vape. Thankfully, Ohio just became the second state in the Midwestern United States to pass a Tobacco 21 law.
In House Bill 166, the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 state operating budget, a provision was put in place to raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 years old. By doing so, we are seeking to prevent our youth from vaping. Research indicates that by increasing the legal age to 21, over time smoking related deaths will be reduced by 10 percent.
Protecting our children by raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21 is important. I would be more than happy to talk to you and any parent who has concerns regarding vaping. My office may be contacted at (614) 644-5088 or Rep76@ohiohouse.gov.
Diane V. Grendell
State Representative 76th Ohio House District