CHATHAM, NJ - Lori Gironda, Chatham High assistant principal, reported that 10.3 percent of CHS students had answered a survey in which they indicated that they had tried an e-cigarette or vape pen in the previous 30 days.
Gironda held up a vape pen at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday night to show that it looked like a computer thumb drive and wanted parents to be aware of these devices.
Gironda noted that it was one of the more concerning statistics from the Chatham Health and Wellness Survey conducted at the high school and middle school in December of 2016.
There were 1,942 students surveyed in grades 6-12. Only four of the surveys were rejected for a total of 1,938 valid surveys completed. There were 925 male students, 974 female students and 30 transgender/gender variation students who completed the survey; 1,058 from the high school and 874 from the middle school.
The survey also asked the students about sleep patterns, time spent on homework, stress levels, suicidal thoughts, alcohol use and health-related subjects.
The survey found that 42.8 percent of the students spent 1-2 hours on texting/social media activity; 23.2 percent said between 3 to 4 hours and 7.1 percent indicated five or more hours texting/social media activity.
CHS Assistant Principal Lori Gironda talks about the vaping answers given on the student health survey
Kelly Loofbourrow of the Municipal Alliance Committee of the Chathams warns about the JUUL e-cigarette cartridges, which all contain nicotine
CHS Assistant Principal Lori Gironda said that vaping has changed the "culture" of the school a "little bit" and use has been found across all grade levels at the high school