North East ISD is committed to staying on top of the vaping issue, learning the new dangers and how students are accessing and using these devices. That’s why the District created the Escape the Vape program. It’s an online resource with the latest information on how e-cigarette use affects the user’s health, what laws surround the new technology, and tips to help people quit.
While news headlines about vaping cycle off our radar, it’s an issue teachers and students continue to deal with on a daily basis.
The latest numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services suggest more than 330,000 middle and high school students in Texas use e-cigarettes. That’s about 13 percent, and that number is growing, and it’s growing, despite that fact that it’s been linked to serious illnesses and death.
Here are the latest numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services on that illness:
302 possible cases have been reported in Texas.
-122 are confirmed illnesses linked to vaping
-116 are classified as probable cases linked to vaping.
And Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 12:00PM Texas PTA will host a Facebook live from the Texas Capitol in Austin. Two panels will give students, parents, and physicians an opportunity to share their stories and discuss what can be done. Click here for more information.