Vaping: What Students and Parents Should Know

January 25, 2019

Vaping: What Students Should Know : This student-focused webpage provides information about vaping risks, resources, and videos featuring FCPS students.  Parent-focused resources on e-cigarette use are located here.

The FDA and Surgeon General have stated that e-cigarette use is an epidemic among American youth. Relatedly, FCPS is continuing to see a sharp increase in the number of students using vaping devices during the school day.

Many students believe e-cigarettes are harmless, but that is not true. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact adolescent brain development beyond the teen years. Some e-cigarettes also contain other harmful chemicals. While usage is primarily seen at the high school level, middle school students are also engaging in this harmful activity.

As a reminder, FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences. Students may face additional sanctions if they participate in a sport or activity where the Virginia High School League (VHSL) participation agreement is in place.