By: Nathaniel McCloud
Governor Wolf’s administration is warning against the use of e-cigarettes following a report by the U.S. Surgeon General regarding the dangers of vaping.
The report details the dangers of vaping and suggests some action, including a ban on indoor vaping, in the same way indoor smoking has been banned.
Though vaping is intended to help people quit smoking, many teenagers are using these products despite never having smoked cigarettes. A 2015 survey found that one in four Pennsylvania students had used vape devices in the last month — especially alarming as it was about 10 percent higher than the national average. Teens who vape are more than twice as likely to begin smoking. And people who vape are up to three times more likely to have carcinogens in their body.
It is illegal to sell e-cigarette products to anyone under the age of 18.
Elizabethtown Area School District policy bans the use of any vape or cigarettes. Students face disciplinary action if they are caught vaping or are in possession of an e-cigarette.
EAHS Principal Maura Hobson said that school administration is “aware of the increased use of vaping devices among teenagers” and continues to enforce the “expectations outlines in the student handbook for use of these devices.”
The most popular e-cigarette is the JUUL, which is shaped like a USB flash drive.
The High School administration is aware of the increased use of vaping devices among teenagers. We continue to follow the expectations outlined in the student handbook for use of these devices.