The past years have seen an alarming rise in the number of teenagers vaping all over the world, driving an increase in nicotine use for teens.
In vaping, a battery powered device called an e-cigarette heats a liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The vapor may contain nicotine (the addictive drug in tobacco), flavoring, and other dangerous chemicals. E-cigarettes can also be used with marijuana or other substances.
Vaping may pose serious and avoidable health risks. Exposure to nicotine during youth can lead to addiction and cause long-term harm to brain development. The vapor can also contain toxins (including ones that cause cancer) and tiny particles that are harmful when breathed in.
At ASF, we have been continuously addressing this issue in the Middle and Upper Schools, via Parent Coffees, plasma screen presentations, warnings in our weekly bulletin and regulations in the Family Handbook. This week, Upper School students were invited to two sessions hosted by ASF parent and Radiologist, Cristina del Bosque, and four experts: Pneumologist Nicolás Guzmán, Pediatrician Érika Mueller and ENT Specialist, Nuria Cárdenas, who addressed vaping from diverse points of view, engaging in an active conversation with our students about the risks of this harmful activity.
For more information on the consequences of vaping at ASF, please see the Family Handbook.