Information for Students and Parents about Vaping
Dear Parents: A Letter from Your School Nurse About Vaping

  • According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey released by the FDA and the CDC, e-cigarette use was up 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle-school students from 2017 to 2018.

  • The use of e-cigarettes (Juul and other brands) is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke, according to new research that is scheduled to be presented Feb. 6, 2019 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference. In e-cigarette users, a 29 percent higher risk of stroke and a 25 percent higher risk of heart attack was found.

  • Vaping products contain a high concentration of nicotine.

  • The brain isn't fully developed until the age of 25, youth and young adults are uniquely at risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposing their developing brains to nicotine.

  • Because nicotine impacts the development of the brain’s reward system, vaping can lead to addiction of nicotine and can prime the adolescent brain for addiction to other substances.

  • Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.

  • Due to changes in the brain, quitting is harder for those who start at a young age.

New Vaping Articles
2 Minute Video from
Vaping Information from Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Big Tobacco Targets Kids

Some helpful resources for teens, parents and caregivers, also check out the Vaping page to the left.
Recent and relevant article by Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies:
With the Jury Out on Vaping, Clinicians Pause to Identify the Cons of E-Cigarette
Some helpful resources for teens, parents and caregivers.