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Vaping: Trends & The College's Response

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4 June 2021

Vaping: Trends & The College's Response

Vaping: Trends & The College's Response

There seems to be a vast increase in the use of vapes, or e-cigarettes, by teenagers within the general population and Scotch is unfortunately not immune to such trends. 

As a relatively new phenomenon in substance use there is not a lot of research about the potential health impacts of this habit. What we do know is that whilst some e-cigarette companies claim to be nicotine free most vapes are sold online to the teenager demographic and therefore it is hard to ascertain the legitimacy of what is and isn’t in the product. 

General information on the web strongly suggests that vapes or e-cigarettes sold online will likely have nicotine and we are aware of the addictive nature of this drug. The respiratory system is a vital yet sensitive body system, and any substance inhaled (that is not air) is likely have a negative impact. Like many substances, the impact on an individual is not predictable and varies from one individual to the next. Vapes or e-cigarettes are sold in a range of flavours which mask the habit to even the best trained nose and they tend to be small, disposable, and easily concealed. This makes it tricky for them to be detected. 

Vaping is glamourised and widely promoted on social media by influencers and the e-cigarette industry using advertising tactics outlawed for tobacco since the in 1980s. This article from The Conversation examines current Australian laws and regulations around the sale and promotion of e-cigarettes. The author asks why promotion not tolerated offline is allowed on social media and calls on the authorities to do more to address the problem.

You may find out more about vaping and its effects on children at this link. There is also worthy research which may be found here. I encourage you to discuss the emergence of vaping habits with your teenager and the genuine concern we have about the deceitful behaviours and potential health risks that are evident for users. 

The College position on the use of vapes or e-cigarettes is one of zero tolerance. When students are found to be using these in and around school grounds, there will be a strong educative response with consequence. Repeated use and/or supply may lead to suspension from the day and boarding school. We have reviewed and updated our Substance Abuse Policy and our Suspension and Termination Policy and they are both available on the College website for future reference.

Dale Bennett
Deputy Principal & Head of Torrens Park Campus