ADAPT Addresses E-Cigarette and Vape Pen Use in Schools Throughout Essex County

Can you tell the difference between a vaporizer pen and a regular pen?

Recently, ADAPT staff members held meetings with our peer leaders from cities throughout Essex County. During the meetings, the leaders were very candid and shared drug and alcohol related issues affecting them and their peers in their area.

One common theme that consistently arose from these meetings was the use of electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigs, and vaporizer pens, commonly known as vape pens, in local schools and throughout the community. This information coincides with a recent NPR report that discussed the use of marijuana through vaporizer pens in middle and high schools throughout the country. In our focus groups, the teens stated that many of the students get away with this because the e-cigs and vape pens can be easily confused for a standard pen. Unfortunately, many of these students taunt other students and authority figures in the schools by blowing smoke in the hallways, sometimes directly into the face of their peers.

As we continued to research this issue in our local area, we found that many parents and professionals are not aware of this new trend and the uses of the e-cigs and vape pens. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that contain a liquid nicotine solution, which are sometimes mixed with flavors (i.e., chocolate, mint). When using the device, the liquid solution turns into a vapor that looks like smoke. Vape pens are similar to e-cigs but they give the user the ability to add their own special dry blends, oils, or waxes rather than the nicotine solution. As mentioned above, many individuals use a marijuana concentration called “hash oil” in their vape pens, which means that students could be openly using marijuana while on school property.

Sign Up for E-News

With this newfound information, ADAPT would like to take the opportunity to better equip the community, especially school administrators and staff members. As per an amendment to New Jersey’s Smoke-Free Act (P.L. 2009, c.182), the state of New Jersey considers electronic smoking devices (i.e., e-cigs, vape pens) the same as any other tobacco product. Therefore, individuals are prohibited from using them in indoor public places. In addition, it is illegal to sell these products to any individual under 19 years of age.

ADAPT recommends that school officials review their smoking policy and, if needed, amend the policy to include electronic smoking devices. Along with this, ADAPT can help with awareness campaigns in the local area to educate parents and community members about this new trend.

ADAPT is here to help you learn more about e-cigarettes, tobacco use among teens, and ways to make a difference within your home and community.  Contact us and request more information or tips on having these discussions.

For more information on ADAPT, take a tour of our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


 The Guest Column is our readers' opportunity to write about a given issue or topic in an in-depth and educational manner.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

TAPinto Spotlight on Business Features New Providence Dentistry

July 17, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - TAPinto "Summer Spotlight on Business" features local businesses and their owners who are important to our communities. Follow this column to receive a fresh perspective on small business owners and their unique needs while shining a spotlight on their stories.

This edition features New Providence Dentistry, operated by Dr. Beth Herko and her staff of ...

Avoiding 10% Tax Penalty

Do you want access to money from your retirement accounts but aren't sure of the real costs involved?

Most retirement accounts have a set age requirement you must reach before making penalty-free income distributions, which is usually 59.5 but can sometimes be as early as age 50. If you decide to access your accounts earlier, you could face penalties ranging from 10%-25%, which is not ...

Enjoy a Lifetime of Discovery in Union County Parks

July 18, 2018

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and Union County residents are invited to celebrate this year by exploring “undiscovered” programs and activities found throughout the nearly 6,200 acres of the Union County parks system.

“Union County was one of the very first counties in the United States to establish its own county-based park system for nature conservation and ...

Union County Honored for History Projects

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two national achievement recognitions for history projects have been presented to the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

“Union County is rich in history, and this Freeholder Board is committed to engaging the public with ...

Union County College Foundation’s 3rd “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

CRANFORD, NJ – With over 150 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $55,000 at their 3rd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception. Held on July 11, in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the ...

ReNew Salon and Spa Welcomes Senior Stylist Joan Mormilo

GILLETTE, NJ - ReNew Salon and Spa welcomes Senior Stylist Joan Mormilo to their staff. Mormilo brings with her over 20 years of excellent customer service in the salon and spa industry.

She has extensive product knowledge, focuses on keeping up-to-date on industry standards and practices, believes in mentoring young stylists, and is a team player who strives to ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 12, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer

Arts & Entertainment Travel

Sat, July 21, 10:30 AM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Cuba: Observations of a Photographer at NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, July 22, 2:00 PM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Moths and other Pollinators

Education Green


Tue, July 24, 3:00 PM

Grillestone Restaurant , Scotch Plains

Hear the Story of Amelia Earhart, America's Most ...

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Tue, July 24, 5:30 PM

Summit YMCA, Summit

Summit Area YMCA Swim Team Tryouts July 24th

Health & Wellness

Special June Episode of 'Berkeley Heights Here & Now' Features 6th Annual Street Fair

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) today announced a special edition of Berkeley Heights Here & Now is available on the Township website,


The special episode features the 6th Annual Berkeley Heights Street Fair held on June 24 and includes onsite interviews with attending residents/visitors, event ...

And Over Here is the Dining Hall 2

My very first job in admissions was while I was still an undergraduate myself as a tour guide.  Very early on they indoctrinated us with some tricks of the trade.  It’s a dining hall, not a cafeteria.  A residence hall, not a dorm.  If you have to divulge some negative bit of information, sandwich it between two positives.  There were instructions for glossing over ...

Women Have Special Financial Needs That Advisors Overlook

Women have special financial needs that advisors overlook in two ways: 1) advisors don’t always acknowledge the different planning needs women have and 2) advisors don’t always communicate well with female clients – especially if the client comes to a meeting with her husband. It’s very common for a male advisor to spend much or most of the face time in meetings talking to ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...