I am certainly one who can empathize with the ups and downs of parenting and as parents, we try to do everything we can to ensure that we’ve shared the right amount of information to hopefully guarantee, at the very least, happy and healthy adults ~ no easy task.
In light of that, I hope that you will allow me to share some information on vaping and other items presented to our faculty by the prosecutor’s office just recently. There are numerous websites that an internet search will produce (also search juul) and I encourage you to investigate several of them to get an idea of where the experts are with regard to the potential dangers. The ones I have previewed offer a wide range of information so please be sure to consider all perspectives. I have included the link from the national center on addiction which seemed to share the most up to date information.
Please become familiar with what these devices look like and note that the age to purchase various tobacco items and e cigarettes will shortly be 21 http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/07/21/governor-signs-law-raising-smoking-age-21/501204001/.
It is also important to note that if a student is found with any type of vaping device (e cigarette) either commercially bought or hand made and/or is found to be using such a device on our school campus or at a school sponsored event, our policy constitutes consequences up to and including the need for a rule out screening. We will be working with staff to share this information with our student body.
Aside from the conventional use of an e-cigarette or vape is the technique of “dripping” The definition of dripping is one of a more labor intense method requiring dropping the oil directly on to the coils of the device. Vaping will not likely emit the type of smoke typical of a cigarette making it possible to “vape” without being noticed.
The early dismissal day (November 6th) included a staff development program on current trends in substance issues among teens. During this meeting conducted by members of our Morris County Prosecutors Office, information was shared with the staff including the potential for THC oil to be used in a vape which some believe is a safer way to use marijuana ~ completely unsubstantiated. Additional information shared by the prosecutor’s office with regard to marijuana use included “dabbing” which I also encourage you to investigate. It is another way of extracting THC oil into a wax type substance before vaporizing and inhaling through a “dab ring.” The effects can be up to 60 times more potent using this method. Information on edible marijuana includes a warning that the effects may take up to 30 minutes to be felt causing the user to ingest dangerous amounts trying to attain the desired effect.
I realize there is so much out there that our children may be exposed to. We will continue to update our health education to include current risks of substance abuse and please stay tuned for additional programs for parents. The most recent one provided by our town Municipal Alliance Committee (October 11, 2017) on the opiate epidemic was quite good. Should you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call as we are anxious to partner with you.