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What's happening?

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.

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How serious is the problem of teen vaping?

More than 2.1 million youth currently use vape products
More than 1 in 4 youth who  use vape products use them daily
Tobacco use increased among middle school students by more than 2%
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School Supplies or Vapes?

Many vapes are disguised to look like school supplies. Can you tell the difference?

Courtesy: TobaccoFreeCA

IDENTIFYING VAPING DEVICES

Click on the image to download and print. 

First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-IdentifyingVapingDevices
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Please feel free to download and print these helpful guides.

First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-ConsequencesofVaping
First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-MythStressAnxiety
First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-NotJustWaterVapor
First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-TheRealityofVaping
First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-MythNicotine
First page of the PDF file: EscapetheVape-ExitStrategies
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Watch these short videos

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How to quit?

Any BSD student can reach out to their school counselor to be referred to a school Substance Use Specialist. Students won't get in trouble or face any disciplinary action. We're here to help!

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Need more information?

Website:

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Conversation Guide for Parents from American Lung Association

Book:

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"Dopamine Nation"
by Dr. Anna Lembke

Book:

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"The Addiction Inoculation"
by Jessica Lahey