Though options are limited for now, they exist. For starters, parents should recognize that they are confronting an addiction to nicotine, which is hard to break. Take a look at this article for ideas on how to help your teen.
There are many reasons to be concerned about teen vaping. Taking the lead is the fact that "studies find teens who use e-cigarettes have an increased risk of trying combustible cigarettes. The significant rise in e-cigarette use among both high school and middle school student populations has resulted in overall tobacco product use increases of 38 percent among high school students and 29 percent among middle school students between 2017 and 2018, negating declines seen in the previous few years.This is a cause for concern because tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and because nearly all tobacco products contain nicotine. As adolescent brains are still developing, nicotine exposure during youth and young adulthood can change the way the brain works, leading to a lifetime of addiction and, in some cases, causing long-lasting effects such as increased impulsivity and mood disorders." For more information please visit the FDA's Tobacco Education site and the FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan.
FDA Center for Tobacco Products. “Web Content – Web Pages.” FDA Tobacco Education & Prevention Resources: Posters, Flyers, & More, digitalmedia.hhs.gov/tobacco/webpages/18294.
JUUL, a popular e-cigarette, has hit Montana
Is JUUL getting a new generation addicted to nicotine?
There is a lot of misinformation around vaping. In 2015, more than a quarter of students in grades 6 through 12 had tried e-cigarettes and that number is only increasing. The issue is that using inhalants, including vaping can have negative effects on your child in many realms. It is also becoming harder to spot vaping devices as more of them are being designed to be sleek, fashionable and easily disguised. The pod versions bear a high resemblance to a flash drive or USB! Please inform yourself on the dangers of vaping and how to talk to your child about it. This is not an "innocent" or "safe" alternative to tobacco smoking, it has serious repercussions all its own.
Social Media apps are always evolving! Here are a few apps that could have more devious effects than your child might think. Read the full article here.
Parents remember that your student’s world is much bigger than we think sometimes. With so much screen time, there are some apps to look out for. Take a peek at their smart phones!
Purpose of Parent Information Page
Across the nation, high school age students face a plethora of temptations, dangers and risks. We are not immune to these factors and in an effort to help you keep your children and our students safe, we created this page. It will be a landing spot for information that will help keep our young people from becoming nationwide statistics.