As an administrator, you need to be able to know how to discipline students who are caught vaping. We’ve collected information to help educate you about the new student discipline rules in Washington State including research, policies, and practices.
Get the Facts about Vaping/JUULing
E-cigs, electronic cigarettes, JUULs
What is Vaping?
Vapor products produce aerosol by heating a liquid solution. Users inhale the aerosol into the lungs. There are chemicals and nicotine in the aerosol, not just water vapor.
Laws & Legal Status
The law applies to what is being vaped in an e-cig. Meaning, in Washington State, marijuana vaping is legal for adults over 21, and vaping nicotine is legal for adults over 18. As of Jan. 1, 2020 it will be illegal to sell or give tobacco or vaping products to people under age 21.
Affect on Your Developing Brain
While the brain is still developing, young people are at higher risk for long-term, long-lasting effects of exposure to nicotine, including an increased risk of addiction. Nicotine can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
Is it Addicting?
Yes. Nicotine is addicting to young people and adults. Young people's brains are growing faster than adult brains, and are therefore can get addicted more easily than adults.
Affect on Your Body
Scientists are still trying to understand the long-term health effects of vaping, both for users and those exposed to vaping second-hand. Vaping is known to have negative affects on respiratory health because of the harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in the e-cigs, including nicotine and other chemicals linked to lung disease.
What if someone needs help?
Teen Link: 1-866-Teenlink
Available 6pm–10pm PST
Teen Talk: 360-397-2428
Available Monday –Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 4-7pm PST
Where to go for more info
Washington State Discipline Rules & Policy Guidance
New Student Discipline Rules: Research, Policies, and Practices
Discipline Policy Updates: Substance Abuse and Possession
Recently, important changes have occurred regarding discipline in schools. Read more about specific changes related to substance-use and substance possession.
A wide range of guidance and resources directly from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
School Discipline Practices: A Public Health Crisis and Opportunity to Reform
Online Guide and approaches to school discipline.
State of Washington
State of Washington Letter to School Administrators
Positive Discipline and Healthy Kids: An Opportunity for Washington State
Why Washington’s new school discipline rules are important not only for student learning but also for creating safe, supportive school environments for everyone.
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