Students And Vaping

A recent article in Campus Safety Magazine talks about the increase in Vaping by more than 10% over the last year in 8th graders, 10th graders, and 12th graders. This year’s study included responses from 44,482 students at 392 public and private schools and found 37.3 percent of twelfth graders reported “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to 27.8 percent in 2017. It is the biggest year-toyear increase in substance use ever recorded in the survey’s 44 years. Vaping among eighth and tenth graders also increased from 13.3 percent to 17.6 percent and 23.9 percent to 32.3 percent, respectively. The increase in vaping equates to 1.3 million more teens vaping within a single year, reports ABC News. “The younger someone is when they first take a drug, the more vulnerable they are to developing an addiction in the future,” said survey contributor Dr. Richard Miech. “The teen brain is still developing and is, therefore, more vulnerable to the negative effects of substances, including nicotine. Nicotine primes the brain to the rewarding effects of other drugs.” Please have a conversation with your children about the hazards of vaping.