Just when American parents thought they had enough concerns because of addictive substances and devices, they suddenly face a new enemy: E-cigarettes. In Loudoun County, Virginia, nevertheless, they breathe a sigh of relief thanks to Sheriff’s Office’s determination to help educate their kids about the dangers of vaping.
As part of recent updates to curriculum of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) — a global awareness raising program — the law enforcement officials will host their first seminar for students. Participants will be as young as fifth graders. The seminar will also cover Internet safety.
For Chief Deputy Mark Poland, that is a timely effort to support relevant state policies. His team’s records suggest that even middle school students are now smoking e-cigarettes. Those devices deliver an aerosol to the users by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. They can also deliver THC oils, a main component of marijuana, or cannabis plant.
“With the items that our deputies seized from students, some of theirs THC oil concentrations are as high as 95 percent,” Polan said in a Sept.9 report.
In July, the Commonwealth of Virginia introduced further restrictions for purchasing tobacco products. It is now not legal for an individual younger than 21 to buy any of those products. Previously, the minimum age to do that was 18.
Stay Clear of E-Cigarettes to Avoid Lung Illnesses
A whopping number of 33 states and territories nationwide, including Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia, have reported over 450 “possible cases” of lung illnesses due to the use of e-cigarettes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a preliminary report on Sept.6. Worse, five deaths have been confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Oregon. Each state is continuing its separate investigation into ascertaining the cause of those illnesses and deaths. Upon completion of those investigations, CDC says it will release a final statement.
In its recommendations to public regarding e-cigarettes, the organization said teenagers and young adults as well as pregnant women should not use those devices to inhale addictive substances. “Those who are nevertheless using e-cigarettes should not buy those products off the street or modify them to add substances other than their manufacturers intended,” it said.
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