School Business Affairs February 2021

36 FEBRUARY 2021 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS MANAGEMENT BRIEFCASE Addressing the challenges of student vaping. Combating the Rise of Vaping and E-Cigarettes By Nan Wodarz, EdD D ecades ago, educators were con- cerned about the number of stu- dents who were smoking at school. Then the primary concern focused on drugs and alcohol. Today’s schools are dealing with a new threat: vaping. Although you may have heard about e-cigarettes and vaping, the process and products may not be clear. Here’s how vaping works: Vaping 101 Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol that is produced by an electronic vapor device that uses a battery to heat up the liquid ingredients. The puffing deliv- ers a jolt of nicotine. The vapor devices are known by names such as e-cigarettes, vape pens, and vapes. The vaping products come in thousands of “flavors” that often appeal to young adults, such as cotton candy or cherry. The Food and Drug Administration has generally banned flavored products for refillable devices, but that gave rise to the popularity of disposable vapes, which have an even higher nicotine content and come in countless flavors. Increasingly, marijuana ingredients are found in vaping products The products smell good, taste good, and in teenage terms, look “really cool.” Middle school and high school stu- dents accounted for 3.6 million users of e-cigarettes in 2020, according to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey. The sur- vey revealed that almost 40 percent of high school users were vaping 20 or more days out of the month and almost a quarter of them used e-cigarettes every day. Vaping and Health The vaping industry claims that e-cigarettes are intended to help adult smokers move to a tar-free product; however, experts say that the devices and their alluring flavors, like blueberry, mint, and mango, are creat- ing a new generation of nicotine addicts. Dr. Frances Jensen, the author of The Teen- age Brain, says adolescents are particularly vulnerable to addiction, pointing to the fact that younger people have a higher degree of “synaptic plasticity” than adults—they are able to more quickly “imprint” both good and bad habits. ALEKSANDR_YU/STOCK.ADOBE.COM “8 Vaping Statistics That May Shock You” by Andrea Barbalich. The Healthy . November 20, 2020. “Schools Seek Ways to Curb Vaping Among Students” by Tawnell D. Hobbs. The Wall Street Journal . January 6, 2020. among-students-11578312000. “Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 25, 2020. basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html#latest-information Enforcement Priorities for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Other Deemed Products on the Market Without Premarket Authorization (Revised) . Food and Drug Administration. RESOURCES