April 24 2018

BHS to Host Informational Session on Teens and Vaping

By: Rich Hosford

Parents who want to learn more about the use of vaping products among teenagers and their potential risks will have an opportunity next month.


Burlington High School Principal Mark Sullivan posted on his blog that, due to popular demand, School Resource Officer Keith Sheppard will lead a repeat discussion on vaping on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington High School Cafeteria.


“High schools and middle schools throughout the state have seen an increase in the use of vape pens during the school day,” Sullivan wrote.


Evidence suggests that vaping is likely not as safe as some initial reports stated when it first became popular. According to a study by UC San Francisco researchers that was published on March 5 in the journal Pediatrics, adolescents who smoke e-cigarettes are exposed to significant levels of potentially cancer-causing chemicals also found in tobacco cigarettes, even when the e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine.

“Teenagers need to be warned that the vapor produced by e-cigarettes is not harmless water vapor, but actually contains some of the same toxic chemicals found in smoke from traditional cigarettes,” said lead author Mark L. Rubinstein, MD, a professor of pediatrics at UCSF. “Teenagers should be inhaling air, not products with toxins in them.”

According to UC San Francisco, Rubinstein noted that some of the toxic chemicals were found in the bodies of teens who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine. He explained that propylene glycol and glycerin, which are used to keep the products smoked in e-cigarettes in liquid form, are approved by the Food and Drug administration as safe at room temperature.


“But when they’re heated to the high temperatures required for vaporization, they can produce toxic substances that are potentially carcinogenic,” he said.


During the presentation at BHS, parents will be provided:

- Samples of vaping equipment for viewing so you know what you're looking for today

- Reference material

- Brief super interesting presentation with videos on why it's so appealing to kids

- Opportunity to raise questions related to school policies.


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