Support Services – November 2023

Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2023

VapesIn recognition of Vaping Prevention Month, we want to take this opportunity to remind you that Project Rewind is an early intervention program available to SUSD students and their families. Students, along with their parents, participate in a five-hour course to learn about the dangers of chemical use and abuse, the risk factors that lead to vaping, substance abuse and strategies to improve family communication, trust, and monitoring. The $250 fee is waived for all SUSD families who are referred by SUSD administration. Please contact Shannon Cronn at scronn@susd.org for more information. 

Vaping: What Parents Should Know
Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). It’s common among teens.

By learning about vaping, parents can:

  • Talk to their kids about its health risks.
  • Recognize if their child might be vaping.
  • Get help for kids who are vaping.

How Does Vaping Work?
E-cigarettes (or “vape pens”) heat a liquid until it becomes a vapor, which is inhaled. The liquid (called e-liquid or “vape juice”) can contain nicotine or marijuana distillate or oil. E-cigarettes can be refillable or pre-filled with cartridges containing the e-liquid. The pre-filled e-cigarettes (called “Puff Bars”) are designed for one-time use. After taking a certain number of “puffs,” the user throws the device away.

What Are the Health Risks of Vaping?
The health risks of vaping include:

  • addiction: E-cigarettes contain nicotine, a drug that’s highly addictive. You don’t have to vape every day to get addicted.
  • anxiety and depression: Nicotine makes anxiety and depression worse. It also affects memory, concentration, self-control, and attention, especially in developing brains.
  • becoming a smoker: Young people who vape are more likely to start smoking regular (tobacco) cigarettes and may be more likely to develop other addictions in the future.
  • impotence: There is some evidence that vaping can cause sexual dysfunction in men.
  • sleep problems
  • exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
  • chronic bronchitis
  • lung damage that can be life-threatening

Read more at The SUSD Source