Vaping / Juuling

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NO VAPE WEEK, a week-long vaping awareness event at Waconia High School will be held daily during the lunch hour from January 22-25, 2019.

WHS Students have come up with 4 days of fun ideas to help inform students of the known and unknown dangers of vaping.

NO VAPE WEEK—January 22, 23, 24 & 25

WHS Students are in the process of developing a unique message and activity for each day during the event. Stay Tuned!

NO VAPE WEEK Wednesday

Vaping in the News

With the innovations in technology many of us have become addicted to electronic devices: computers, smart phones or other mobile devices.

Now add another one to the list: e-cigarettes or vaping devices.

Introduced in 2007, e-cigs are a rapidly growing market and vaping is becoming a growing concern locally – especially in the past two years and especially among young people.

“Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, opioids – whatever comes up, they eventually hit here on the west side of the Twin Cities,” said Ben Karnes, Waconia schools’ security monitor and member of the HERO Coalition, a local partnership of parents, educators and community leaders whose mission is to prevent use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth. READ FULL ARTICLE

About Vaping


Vaping primarily means using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette, e-cig, mod, vape pen, tank system, e-hookah) or other vaping devices as a nicotine delivery system. The user activates the device via pressure sensor inhalation or by pushing a button—inhales (takes a hit) or “vapes” like a smoker would inhale a cigarette. The nicotine in e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes is addictive. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco.

Juuling means to use a Juul brand nicotine delivery system as your vaping device. Juul is a vaping device that looks similar to a USB drive. Juul products (and many other vaping devices) are easy for students to conceal and use in school — sometimes even in hallways or a classroom setting.

Vaping devices are metal casings with a mouthpiece, a cartridge (or tank that houses the e-liquid, e-juice or juice), a battery, a microprocessor and an atomizer. The battery-powered atomizer, a small heating element that vaporizes e-liquid via a wicking material, draws liquid onto the coil producing an aerosol mist or vapor for inhalation (‘vaping’). Vaping devices are pictured above. 

Vaping liquid is made up of four basic ingredients. 90% consists of the humectants propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine—chemicals to vaporize the nicotine, additives and flavoring.

Nicotine addiction occurs in people who use tobacco products regularly or compulsively even when there are negative health consequences. Like other drugs of abuse, nicotine increases levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the reward circuits of the brain which reinforces the behavior of taking the drug. Repeated exposure alters these circuits’ sensitivity to dopamine and leads to changes in other brain circuits involved in learning, stress, and self-control. For many tobacco users, the long-term brain changes induced by continued nicotine exposure result in addiction, which involves withdrawal symptoms when not smoking, and difficulty adhering to the resolution to quit. –Read full-text: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Nicotine poisoning has become more prevalent, due in part to the pure liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes. Liquid nicotine poisoning often occurs from skin contact and ingestion. 

In addition to nicotine e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to Popcorn Lung, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.