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The growing threat of vaping

Cigarette smoking continues to decline among pre-teens and teenagers according to a survey from Monitoring the Future. But the number of young people who are vaping or smoking e-cigarettes has increased. This underscores the importance of greater education for youngsters and their parents about the potential hazards of vaping.

The popularity of vaping is troubling. A study from researchers at the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine that was published in the journal Pediatrics found the rising frequency of e-cigarette use was a significant risk factor for future conventional cigarette use. In the study, researchers surveyed 1,408 Connecticut high school students three times, in autumn 2013, spring 2014 and autumn 2015, on their use of e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco cigarettes. Teens who used an e-cigarette within a month of participating in the survey in 2013 had seven times greater odds of smoking tobacco cigarettes in 2014. A year later, e-cigarette users were more than three times more likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes.

Perceptions that vaping is less harmful than conventional cigarettes may be a contributing factor to their rising popularity. Also, the widespread availability of these products and their assorted flavors may be appealing to youth.

Vaping ads may be enticing kids, too. Cigarette ads glamorizing smoking have all but vanished. However, vaping ads are becoming more noticeable. According to a National Youth Tobacco Survey, about seven in 10 middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in 2014, when the vaping trend began to explode.

Even though e-cigarettes are marketed to be safer than traditional cigarettes because they purportedly contain fewer chemicals and harmless water vapor, some experts say this isn’t the case. No federal agency oversaw initial development of the e-cigarette industry, so no standards exist — although this may be changing soon. One Food and Drug Administration review of 18 different e-cigarette cartridges found toxic and carcinogenic chemicals in some but not others. Also, some products that were labeled to be nicotine-free actually did have nicotine.

Many vaping juices contain nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavorings. No long-term evidence regarding the safety of these chemicals when inhaled exists. The American Lung Association says some e-cigarettes use diacetyl, a buttery-flavored chemical once used in food production like popcorn. When inhaled, diacetyl causes bronchiolitis obliterans — more commonly referred to as “popcorn lung.” This is a scarring of the tiny air sacs in the lungs that results in the thickening and narrowing of the airways.

Some teens also replace the e-juice with marijuana and hash oils. These vaporized oils produce little smell, which makes them hard to detect.

Vaping may seem like a harmless trend. But parents and children should be cognizant of the threats that vaping poses to one’s overall health.


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School supply lists for Sidney

West Side supply list

First grade

Please make sure to place your child’s initials on all items: at the top of all of the pencils, erasers, notebooks, etc.

School Pencil Box

2 large pink erasers

1 box of 24 crayons

1 large box of Kleenex

1 pair scissors

24 #2 pencils (NO FANCY ONES)

24 non-perishable snacks

1 bottle Elmer’s glue

4 large glue sticks

Last Name begins with

A-E 1 pkg small yellow highlighters

F-J small paper plates

K-O large paper plates

P-S box quart size ziplock bags

T-Z 1 box sandwich size ziplock bags

Second grade

Second grade: Please make sure to place your child’s initials on all items: at the top of all of the pencils, erasers, notebooks, etc.

1 box of 24 crayons

1 Pkg. colored pencils

1 backpack

1 pkg pencil erasers & large eraser

1 pair scissors

2 large glue sticks

pencil box (no larger than 5x8)

2 large boxes Kleenex

1 bottle Elmer’s glue

70 page wide rule spiral notebook

1 pocket folder 12 inch ruler with Standard & Metric (not bendable)

1 Wide Rule Composition Notebook

1 PK multi color highlighters

12-24 sharpened pencils

1 pair Tennis shoes for PE to be kept at school

1 – 4PK of Dry Erase Markers

Last name begins with

A-E small paper plates F-J large paper plates K-O quart size ziplock bags

P-S gallon size ziplock bags T-Z snack size ziplock bags

Third grade

Third grade: Please make sure to place your child’s initials on all items: at the top of all of the pencils, erasers, notebooks, etc.

1 box of colored pencils

12” ruler with Standard & Metric

2 large glue sticks

2 Composition Notebooks

2 large eraser

1 bottle of liquid glue

1 pkg baby wipes

2 boxes Kleenex

4 fine tip dry erase markers

1 zippered pencil bag (no pencil boxes)

1 hand held pencil sharpener

2 highlighters

1 pkg pencil top erasers

3 pocket folder

24 — #2 pencils

1 box of 24 crayons

1 pair scissors

1 pair ear buds to be kept at school

1 pair clean gym shoes to be left at school for PE