Dangers of Nicotine / E-Cigarettes

Dangers of Nicotine / E-Cigarettes for Youth
Posted on 09/21/2018
The prevalence of smoking and e-cigarettes is on the rise, and the Crosby-Ironton community is no exception. District #182 staff and administration would like to share a few reminders regarding the district's policies as well as new facts, information, and resources to help parents talk with their kids about the dangers of nicotine addiction, especially in e-cigarettes. 

Just as smoking a cigarette is illegal on school property, the "use of electronic delivery devices is prohibited in public and charter schools and any facility or vehicle owned, rented or leased by a school district." (Source: Minn. Stat. § 144.4165 (2018))

Students who use or who are in possession of alcohol, tobacco products or any nicotine delivery systems, drugs or drug paraphernalia will be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from school. 

Students shall not use or be in possession of alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia. Violation will result in suspension from Minnesota State High School League activities. (Source: C-I 18/19 Handbook, page 8)

Bringing tobacco - in any form - on C-I Transportation buses is not allowed and would be considered a "major infraction". (Source: C-I 18/19 Handbook, page 28)

E-cigarettes come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Unlike cigarettes, e-cigarettes create a fruity or sweet odor which may make it harder to tell if someone is using them. 

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- Nearly one in five high school students reporting using e-cigarettes in the past month – a nearly 50 percent surge in high-school from 13 percent in 2014. (Source: 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey)

E-cigarettes may also be called e-cigs, vaporizers, vapes or JUULs. Using an e-cigarette is called vaping or JUULing. The liquid that e-cigarettes heat can be called e-liquid, e-juice or pods. E-cigarettes are now the most popular form of tobacco among youth. (Source: Twin Cities Medical Society)

- The tobacco industry spends more than $110 million every year marketing and advertising their products in Minnesota. (Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids)

- Almost 40 percent of high-school students have tried e-cigarettes, which come in kid-friendly flavors like gummy bear and cotton candy. (Source: 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey)

- Nicotine is addictive and can harm the adolescent brain. (Source: U.S. Surgeon General)
- Nearly 95 percent of addicted adult smokers started before the age of 21. (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

- 67 percent of high-school tobacco users and nearly 60 percent of middle-school tobacco users reported using flavored products. (Source: 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey)

Official Health Advisory from the MN Dept of Health:

"Should I talk with my kid about vaping?" via the Twin Cities Medical Society: 

Public Health Law Center provides clarification and information about Minnesota's laws:


Parent Tip Sheet from the CDC/Surgeon General: 

Food and Drug Administration takes steps to address epidemic of youth e-cigarette use: