Important Message From Mrs. Wert
Cardinal O’Hara has become increasingly aware of the upward trend of the use of E-Cigarettes (vaping, JUULING, Flair) among teens. E-cigarettes, Vape pens, are portable nicotine delivery devices designed to take on many forms and can be concealed easily. They mimic the physical and sensory experience of a cigarette, without looking, tasting, or smelling like a traditional cigarette.
Please educate yourself in reference to this trend. As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. Please take the time to review information on this trend to help keep your child safe and healthy. These devices that utilize stored electricity to heat a liquid into vapors, which are then inhaled by the user. The oils are typically fruit flavored and may contain nicotine or potentially THC. THC is the principal active compound of marijuana.
The first link below shares information from the Surgeon General regarding the negative effects E-cigarettes have on teens. The second link shares an article on “Juuling” from Your Teen Magazine for Parents. This article shares how e-cigarettes look like flash drives and how easily they are to hide. The final link from Your Teen Magazine for Parentsshares how e-cigarettes are used to experiment with drugs like marijuana, opiates, and more.
Please be aware that utilizing such items, carrying any paraphernalia, or by placing yourself in proximity to one of these devices leaves a student liable for demerits, detentions, suspension from school, discipline probation, suspension/removal from activities, athletics, clubs, and events; in addition to possible police involvement.