E-cigs are known by a variety of names, including e-hookahs, mods, and vape pens. All are designed to deliver nicotine, flavoring, and other additives to the user via an inhaled aerosol. Many e-cigarettes are disguised in various shapes, most notably to look like USB flash drives (the best-known of which is JUUL), and come in “kid-friendly” flavors designed to make drugs more appealing to young people. As with cigarettes, young people can become “hooked” on the nicotine in e-cigs. Instead of dissuading them from taking up smoking, e-cig use may actually result in students using other forms of tobacco. According to the Surgeon General, nicotine use during the teen years poses threats to students’ developing brains, impacting learning, memory, and attention spans as well as increasing the risk for future addiction to other drugs. JUULs often contain much larger amounts of nicotine, with a single JUUL containing as much nicotine as a full pack of 20 regular cigarettes.
Even scarier, e-cigs can be altered to contain other substances, including marijuana and other dangerous and illegal drugs. As with nicotine, in some cases e-cigs contain much purer, more potent doses of the active ingredient (THC) in marijuana than a typical marijuana cigarette. A student purchasing an e-cig, or sharing an e-cig with a friend, may have no way of knowing that the device is laced with potentially dangerous drugs.
Join Rio Rancho Public Schools on Thursday, Oct. 28 for an online Parent University class all about the dangers of E-Cigs and what you can do as a parent or guardian to help your kids stay away from them. We'll have a presentation and Q&A session with presenters from the RRPS Safety & Security Department, RRPS Nursing Department and Rio Rancho Police Department.
- Thursday, Oct. 28
- Streaming live on our YouTube Channel starting at 5:30 p.m.
- Free online class open to all RRPS parents/guardians, staff, students and community members