30 Oct 2020
Dear Parents/ Carers
In the media there has been increased attention towards the use of Vapes. We take this issue seriously due to the negative health effects vaping can have on young people who are often unaware of the risks associated with it.
Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapour produced by an e-cigarette or electronic vaporiser. This vapour can contain nicotine and other substances. The devices are small and can easily be hidden in a pocket or a bag. The most popular disposable vapes resemble large USB sticks or highlighter pens.
The examples of vapes (as pictured below) contain 5% nicotine which is the equivalent of a strong pack of cigarettes or 300 puffs. Nicotine is addictive and can harm brain development. It can also impact learning, memory and attention.
Selling of vapes and e-cigarettes to people under 18 years of age is illegal.
The vape device and accessories are a prohibited item at St Clair High School, during the school day and when in school uniform. Vaping, selling vapes or being in possession of vapes could result in a suspension. Students who are in the company of others who vape will be regarded as equally guilty in aiding and abetting those vaping.
We are asking parents to be informed and speak to their children about this ongoing concern, for them to make positive decisions for themselves. Additional information to support parents and students can be found at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/tobacco/Pages/e-cigarettes.aspx