Carl H. Kumpf Eighth Graders Learn About the Dangers of Vaping
CLARK, NJ - Eighth grade students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School were recently challenged with the questions, ‘To Vape or Not to Vape?’. The question was posed to students as part of a program by the same name put together by Steve Kaelblein, the district’s Student Assistance Counselor.
According to school officials, the event was designed to inform students about the dangers of vaping and electronic cigarettes. Ms. Cristina Martins of the Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative led the presentation.
The use of e-cigarettes by middle school students has more than tripled since 2014 according to Kaelblein. “We have seen a huge surge in the use of these products by students. We want students and parents to become informed about this new threat to the health of our kids,” he said.
Administrators reported the students learned that the dangers associated with the use of these products is not completely known, and as a result, present immense health risks.
School officials said vaping devices can also be used as a delivery system for illicit drugs, including THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis (marijuana).
There is a misconception according to program leaders, that e-cigarettes are effective as a tool to aid in the cessation of cigarette smoking. They said this is unproven, as the nicotine level in e-cigarettes can often be higher than traditional tobacco products. Administrators warn vaping is often a gateway to first-time cigarette smoking in adolescents.
“The presentation was informative and hopefully educated the students. Students do not realize that these vaping devices are really addictive and dangerous. It is important to know what damage you can be doing to your body if using these items,” said Prinicpal Rick Delmonaco.
For more information about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes, the Clark Schools recommend visiting www.dontgetvapedin.com or contacting Mr. Kaelblein at (732) 382-0910 Ext. 3251.