Tips & Trends
With each passing month, drug-related trends are changing as fast as our teens’ social media preferences. It’s our hope and mission to give power back to educators and school staff to keep you one step ahead in the game when it comes to keeping our students and schools safe and drug-free. Vaping/juuling (e-cigarettes) is the most common trend we are currently seeing among intermediate and high schoolers. In just one year, rates of past-year vaping increased by about one-third in all grades, to 17.6 percent of 8th graders, 32.3 percent of 10th graders, and 37.3 percent of 12th graders. After alcohol, vaping is the second most common form of substance use in all three grades.
What does vaping/juuling look like in our schools?
Because these popular e-cigarettes are so easy to conceal, it can be hard to notice when a student is using one in school, or even the classroom. JUUL devices resemble flash drives and can be concealed in the palm of a hand or inside the sleeve of a student’s sweatshirt. Possession and/or use of these devices is prohibited on school property and included in Level 2 and 3 Response Levels in the district’s Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.
What is vaping/juuling?
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease. One single vape ‘pod’ contains as much nicotine as 20 cigarettes. Some people use these devices to vape THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's mind-altering effects, or even synthetic drugs like flakka, instead of nicotine.