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School Nurses Corner: How School Nurses Can Help Principals Combat Student Vaping

[Source: Education Week]

Educators are grappling with widespread student vaping and use of e-cigarettes in schools, a problem my colleague Arianna Prothero and I wrote about this week.

While some schools are doubling down on a discipline-heavy, punitive approach to students found with vaping devices and e-cigarettes on campus, the National Association of School Nurses says principals and educators must be mindful of the addictive nature of nicotine in any response to the vaping “epidemic.” Any policies used to address vaping should incorporate education, intervention, and efforts to help students quit, the association says.

“Our organization believes that when students become exposed to an addictive substance, that school districts consider, in this case, smoking cessation programs as a necessary intervention for those students, and that that should be embedded into any procedure that addresses tobacco use on campus,” said Laurie G. Combe, the president of the National Association of School Nurses.

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