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Vaping Prevention at Silas Wood

Over 70% of young adults believe e-cigarettes cause no or only moderate harm.  thumbnail144026
Over 70% of young adults believe e-cigarettes cause no or only moderate harm.
A simple breathing exercise was shared with students that can help to refocus and stay centered: inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 2, exhale for 6 seconds and repeat at least 3 times.  thumbnail144027
A simple breathing exercise was shared with students that can help to refocus and stay centered: inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 2, exhale for 6 seconds and repeat at least 3 times.
Students volunteered to demonstrate how energy travels through one another, similar to a closed circuit.  thumbnail144028
Students volunteered to demonstrate how energy travels through one another, similar to a closed circuit.

With a rise in E-Cigarette use among younger generations, Silas Wood decided to take preventative measures. Recently, advocates against the underage use of electronic cigarettes came in to speak with our sixth-graders about the risks of using unregulated substances. Prior to 2016, the sales, marketing and manufacturing of e-cigarettes were not regulated by the FDA. It was found that marketing for these products target younger generations by advertising a variety of flavors that are appealing to kids. E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product on the market and surpassed traditional cigarettes as teens’ preferred tobacco product in 2014. With the increased use, it is important to understand the facts and risks of this new trend. E-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale vapor containing nicotine or other substances. They are generally battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol. As of August 2018, e-cigarette companies are allowed 2 years to comply with FDA evaluations from 2016. The nearly 500 brands and 7,700 flavors of e-cigarettes will remain on the market before FDA is able to fully evaluate them. Until their evaluation is done, there are very few ways for anyone other than the manufacturers to know what chemicals are contained in e-liquid, or how e-cigarette use might affect health, whether in the short term or long term.

As an alternative, representatives from Drug Free Long Island offered mindfulness techniques to steer students in a healthier direction. Students at Silas Wood learned how mindfulness and other healthy coping mechanisms can be used to aid in a range of symptoms including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and stress, symptoms that often lead to using and abusing drugs and alcohol. By becoming aware and practicing healthy coping skills such as exercising, relaxation, and creative self-expression, it lessons the likelihood for teens and young adults to turn to chemical substances for relief.

Thank you to the Huntington Drug and Alcohol Counseling Center for providing this information to our students and to the Drug Free Long Island group for sharing healthy coping skills and alternatives for our students managing stress.