A message from the Principal

Posted on 09/06/2019
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Dear Families,

It has been a fast, furious and busy four-day week here at Manning, and we are settling in nicely to the routines of school and learning.

I wanted to write this week to ask you to help me have a conversation with your kids about the dangers of vaping. According to the child mind institute: "Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, vaping rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens.

JUUL, a popular vape device that comes in fun flavors, looks like a flash drive and can be charged in a USB port, is especially concerning. JUUL delivers high levels of nicotine, making the product extremely addictive. JUUL sales now make up more than half of the e-cigarette market, and “we see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion.”

In light of the scale of this problem, we will partner with our district nurse to deliver a message about the dangers of vaping during HEART time to all grade levels, but I would also encourage you to have a conversation with your kids around the following information about why vaping is so dangerous, especially for adolescents:

  • E-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine. According to the company's website the nicotine content of one JUULpod is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes.

  • Because of these high nicotine levels, vaping is extremely addictive — and teens are already more susceptible to addiction than adults because their brains are still developing.

  • A recent study found that vaping does, in fact, cause lung irritation akin to that seen in smokers and people with lung disease and causes damage to vital immune system cells.

  • Vaping increases heart rate and blood pressure, so can increase circulatory problems.

  • The Center for Disease Control is currently investigating at least 450 cases of vaping-related illnesses and 5 vaping-related deaths.

I hate to start the newsletter in this negative, scary way, but student safety is my most important job and I believe that information is a powerful tool to help our kids stay safe and healthy. Below is a picture of some popular e-cigarette products, so that we can all be aware of what they look like.

Thanks, as always, for sharing your kids with us. It is our honor to serve them.

Jeena Templeton, Principal

The Manning School of Academics and Arts


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