Vaping: It Isn't Good for You and Could Get You into Serious Trouble

By Mr. Jason Parker, Head of Senior School 

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol produced by a vaping product, such as an electronic cigarette. Vaping doesn’t require burning like cigarette smoking. The device heats a liquid into a vapour, which then turns into aerosol. This vapour is often flavoured and typically contains nicotine (or cannabis extract).

Initially considered innocuous, many now know that vaping is big money for tobacco companies and has negative impacts. Although the use of vaping for smoking cessation was a significant promise of this new technology, data shows that the introduction of vaping has coincided with a resurgence of youth using tobacco products. A government survey estimates that 23% of youth (grades 7 to 12) have tried vaping. Not only is nicotine highly addictive but e-cigarettes may also contain other dangerous compounds

Provincial law prohibits the sale and supply of vaping materials and/or products to minors (under 19) and their use in/on school property. Local stores offering vaping product have been visited by our administrators to formally request that our students not be allowed to enter their shops.

We are engaged in an ongoing awareness campaign about vaping. Our school counsellors, health education teachers, nurses and advisory teachers regularly speak with students about the dangers of vaping. We have informational posters throughout the school and on Wolf TVs. We actively patrol areas of the school where vaping could occur, including changerooms and washrooms. We want students to be fully educated in order to make the best decisions about vaping and their health. 

Despite this, some students will choose to try vaping. Given that, it should be clear that vaping at WPGA (on campus, at events or in any other context where students are participating in school-sponsored activities) is both against school rules and against the law. Students who have been vaping at school have received disciplinary suspensions.
We provide this message to you, our parents, so that you may also engage with your children about this topic. You can assist us by ensuring your child:

  • knows of the serious health concerns related to vaping
  • knows that they have a choice to make and we want to empower them to make the best choices for themselves
  • knows that they must have the strength of conviction to not accept an offer from their peers to try vaping
  • knows that it is illegal for minors
  • knows that it is specifically prohibited in our school Code of Conduct 
  • knows that it will result in a school suspension and possibly further discipline
Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we navigate this relatively new challenge, with the best interests of our students at heart.