As part of World No Tobacco Day, IUSD would like to take this opportunity to share some important facts, information and resources with our students and families about the dangers and health risks associated with tobacco and vaping products. Below are 5 fast facts from the California Department of Public Health’s tobacco control program about the risks of using e-cigarettes/vaping:
- They are not regulated. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the chemicals in their products, where or how they are made, or the potential health risks they pose.
- They are not safe, nor harmless. E-cigarettes contain harmful chemicals, similar to those found in regular cigarettes, such as nicotine, formaldehyde, and lead. Exposure can cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems.
- They are not “just water vapor.” E-cigarettes produce an aerosol that is a mixture of nicotine, particles of metals, and toxic chemicals similar to those found in secondhand cigarette smoke.
- They are addictive. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. One JUUL pod can contain as much nicotine as one pack of cigarettes or 200 puffs. Many think vaping is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, which is not true.
- They are attracting kids. With more than 15,500 flavors, a variety of colorful packaging, tech appeal, and engaging advertising, e-cigarettes are very appealing to kids and teens.
Through the District’s comprehensive health education, students learn about the dangers of vaping and smoking, while cultivating the skills and attitudes necessary to support healthy choices. Additionally, IUSD schools integrate various awareness campaigns throughout the school year, through the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Red Ribbon Week. Our Parent and Family Engagement team also offers vaping prevention workshops to help keep parents informed. For more information, refer to our Vaping Prevention Resource Page.
Visit 1.866.new.lung for help and information on how to quit smoking or vaping.