Magazine article District Administration

Districts Ban E-Cigarettes in Schools

Magazine article District Administration

Districts Ban E-Cigarettes in Schools

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With electronic cigarette use among middle and high school students having more than doubled over the past three years, administrators nationwide are banning these products on campus.

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and other additives in aerosol form. The FDA Center for Tobacco Products said last spring that it will regulate e-cigarettes but has not yet issued any rules. Until the FDA does more intensive testing of these products, little will be know about the chemicals inhaled or the potential impact on health.

"School administrators should tread cautiously," says Bryte Johnson, government relations director of the American Cancer Society. "There has not been enough research done on these products, and we don't know how safe or dangerous they are. I would put restrictions in place to make sure we don't end up exposing a new generation of kids to a potentially significant health problem."

More students using

Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of high school students who reported using an e-cigarette rose from roughly 5 percent to 10 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number also doubled among middle school students during that time. In 2012, more than 1.78 million middle and high school students nationwide experimented with e-cigarettes.

These numbers are likely even higher today, as the number of products and marketing dollars spent have increased significantly since 2012, Johnson says. …

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