At the Loveland City School District, as evidenced through our proactive approach to drug and alcohol awareness in our school-community partnership with the Loveland Drug Task Force, we believe in actively engaging you when we feel there could be a danger to your student’s health. As such, it has come to our attention that there is a growing trend nationally among students called “vaping” – a slang term for using personal vaporizers or electronic cigarettes. Additionally, we want you to understand that vaping is against our Board Policy, and disciplinary action will be taken against offending students. The Board Policy is as follows:
5512 - TOBACCO, ECIGARETTE AND VAPOR CIGARETTE USE BY STUDENTS
Health professionals have determined that the use of tobacco and vapor products can be detrimental to one’s health. The Board wishes to encourage good health practices among the students of this District; therefore, the Board prohibits the smoking, use or possession of tobacco or vapor in any form, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, ecigarettes, vapor cigarettes, clove cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff and any other forms of tobacco or vapor by any student in any area under the control of the District or at any activity supervised by any school within the District. Ohio law also prohibits the distribution of tobacco products to any person under eighteen (18) years of age and specifically regulates the location of vending machines dispensing tobacco products.
Disciplinary measures taken against students for violations of this policy comply with the requirements of Ohio law, Board policy and the Student Code of Conduct.
How does vaping work?
These products use flavored liquids that heat into a vapor that is inhaled, simulating the act of smoking, and frequently, “e-cigarettes” contain carcinogens, nicotine, or THC.
What should you be on the lookout for as a sign that your student is vaping?
• Fruity aroma - most e-liquids have flavors like mint, vanilla, and fruit punch
• Unfamiliar hand-held gadgets - pens, Juul (specific brand popular with students that can resemble a computer memory stick)
• Increased thirstiness - some of the chemicals in e-cigarettes cause dry mouth
• Caffeine sensitivity - students may become sensitive to caffeine and they may stop drinking it
• Different batteries and chargers - vaporizers need to be charged, some use USB cables while others have unique batteries
• Discarded atomizers - the atomizers turn the e-juice into vapor and are disposable
Safe Kids America, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting youth, has developed a resource guide
to educate parents about vaping. This resource contains pictures of devices, detailed information on e-cigarettes containing nicotine or marijuana, and the impact vaping has on the teen brain. It will help you to know what to look for.
Our hope is that this information will equip you with what you need to talk with your student about making good decisions for their personal health and wellbeing. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, your building principal or our school counselors with any questions or concerns you may have.
In service to our Tigers,
Dr. Amy Crouse