As the LVISD Health Services Department strives to promote optimal wellness for all LVISD students, we will periodically bring your attention to significant health advisories released by the Surgeon General of the United States and other health officials tasked with keeping our children healthy and safe. You can find these advisories and supporting resources on this page as they become available.
E-Cigarette Use Among Youth
On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the Surgeon General released an advisory on the e-cigarette epidemic in youth.
Parents: You have an important role to play in addressing this public health epidemic.
- Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of all forms of e-cigarette use for young people at https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.
- Set a good example by being tobacco-free. If you use tobacco products, it’s never too late to quit. Talk to a healthcare professional about quitting all forms of tobacco product use. For free help, visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
- Adopt tobacco-free rules, including e-cigarettes, in your home and vehicle.
- Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them. It’s never too late.
- Get the Surgeon General’s tip sheet for parents, Talk With Your Teen About E-cigarettes. Start the conversation early with children about why e-cigarettes, including JUUL, are harmful for them.
- Let your child know that you want them to stay away from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, because they are not safe for them. Seek help and get involved.
- Set up an appointment with your child’s health care provider so that they can hear from a medical professional about the health risks of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
- Speak with your child’s teacher and school administrator about enforcement of tobacco-free school policies and tobacco prevention curriculum.
- Encourage your child to learn the facts and get tips for quitting tobacco products at Teen.smokefree.gov.
Teachers: You also have an important role to play in addressing this issue that affects many of your students!
- Learn about the different shapes and types of e-cigarettes and the risks of all forms of e-cigarette use, including JUUL, for young people at https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/.
- Develop, implement, and enforce tobacco-free policies and prevention programs that are free from tobacco industry influence, and that address all types of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
- Engage your students in discussions about the dangers of e-cigarette use. To help you, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Scholastic, developed free resources for teachers. These materials can be found at www.scholastic.com/youthvapingrisks.