Langston Hughes Middle School PTA received a grant from National PTA, made possible by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids! We are using the funds to promote tobacco and e-cigarette prevention. Check out the amazing projects by the LHMS students and take a look at Student and Parent resources we have compiled to help our Panthers Escape the Vape!
What is vaping?
The technical name is electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), which is an umbrella term that encompasses vape pens, pods, tanks, mods, and electronic cigarettes. These devices are designed to simulate cigarette smoking using aerosolized vapor instead of smoke. They use a heating element that vaporizes a liquid (propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings), allowing the user to inhale it. Over 2.5 million children and teens use e-cigarettes, and the links to debilitating diseases and deaths is becoming a serious public health concern.
How is it dangerous?
Many people think of vaping as a "healthy alternative" to smoking, which is very misguided. It may not be AS bad for you as smoking, but it's still pretty bad for you! E-cigarette aerosol can contain other chemicals like formaldehyde and metal particles such as nickel, lead, chromium, tin, and aluminum. 85% of children and teens reportedly use flavored products, which contain unregulated chemical flavorings, such as diacetyl, which are linked to serious lung disease. Breathing in e-cigarette aerosol delivers these toxins directly to your lungs. The oil from the liquid lingers in a coating on lungs and can cause some serious damage!
What's the worst vaping can do to me?
For starters, vaping products contain nicotine, which is highly addictive, so what begins as a habit can develop into serious nicotine addiction.
Why would anyone want to vape??
That's a valid question... Most middle schoolers say they vape because their friends do - to feel cool and fit in. The NIH wanted to find out the reasons, so they conducted a survey, to ask. Here are the reasons teens reported vaping:
What if another kid offers me a hit of their vape?
Here are 3 easy ways to handle the pressure—and stay safe.
7TH GRADE STUDENT PROJECTS - SPRING 2023
In Health class, the 7th graders were tasked with making anti-vaping and anti-tobacco campaign videos. Check out some of the top videos our students created!
8TH GRADE STUDENT PROJECTS - SPRING 2023
The 8th graders made their own anti-vaping and anti-tobacco campaign posters in Health class. Check out the posters that got the most votes!