Vaping has become a serious health issue among teens in the United States, including students right here in the Beaverton School District. According to the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 2.1 million teens use vapes, and of those, one in four vapes daily. Perhaps most alarming, the survey indicates vaping is on the rise among middle schoolers. We see that trend here in BSD, as well.
Students are more likely to make good decisions when they’re armed with the facts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 99% of vapes sold in the United States contain nicotine, and their use can lead to significant addiction issues. Other toxic chemicals and metals have been found in vapes, as well. They include diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze linked to lung disease, and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. While students learn about these dangers in their health classes, we believe the message is worth emphasizing.
Please know that all our middle and high schools have Substance Use Specialists on staff to help students struggling with addiction. Your student can reach out to their counselor to be connected to one of these specialists without any fear of getting in trouble or disciplinary action.
Parents, you play an important role in deterring vaping. Below, you'll find an infographic to help you identify what kinds of vaping devices are being used. Also you’ll find informative videos to share with your children and advice for talking to teens about the dangers of vaping.
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the safety and well-being of your children.