E-Cigarettes & Vaping
a LHS Health update
Hello Liberty Parents,
Thank you for your interest, feedback, and partnership over this year and the progress in academics and activities it has brought. We believe it is important to provide a learning environment where our students are able to think critically and make informed decisions that ensure a safe environment for themselves and others. Today, I am writing to ask for your partnership in raising awareness and deterring behaviors related to electronic cigarettes.
Since electronic cigarettes emit an aerosol that does not smell like smoke and their use is difficult to detect, some students may believe incorrectly that e-cigarettes do not have adverse health effects and/or are not prohibited at school.
According to the 2016 U.S. Surgeon General’s report on e-cigarette use among young adults, the primary health concerns are related to nicotine addiction, exposure to chemicals, and ingestion of liquid nicotine that can be toxic for the body. Full details from this report are given in the photos and links below.
Regarding student behavior, LHS will continue to comply with state law by prohibiting smoking on campus and maintaining a smoke-free learning environment. In the District’s Student Code of Conduct, consequences for possession, use, and distribution of e-cigarettes can be substantial and include up to suspension from school.
We hope the information contained in this flyer will assist your efforts to identify e-cigarette related items and behaviors and encourage you to speak with your child about them. Our guidance counselors also have resources they can use to support you and/or your child with conversations that sometimes can be difficult. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child's administrator or counselor.