The NJDOE released the following statement in their December broadcast memo:
The use of vaping devices has been steadily gaining popularity among middle and high school youth. E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, also known as electronic vaping devices or electronic nicotine delivery systems, are battery-powered devices that were originally marketed as an option for adult smoking cessation. However, as of the 2016 NJ Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping had surpassed the prevalence of conventional cigarette usage. Though the Food and Drug Administration recently issued new restrictions regarding the sale of vape products, vaping continues to present as a growing concern among youth.
There is a common misconception that vaping is safe. E-cigarettes are not safe for youth; most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and harmful to adolescent brain development. It is important for consumers to know that even if the vape juice does not contain nicotine, the chemicals and metals contained in the flavoring can still pose a potential for harm.
If you have further questions or concerns regarding Vaping, please contact your child's school counselor.