HEADTEACHERS are asking parents to be on the lookout for children as young as 11 vaping, and people are warning e-cigarettes can cause illness and death.
The headteachers from a number of schools are concerned because vaping is much easier to hide than smoking cigarettes, which has been pretty much wiped out on school grounds. They’ve told parents to watch out for e-cigarettes that look like flash drives, with sweet-smelling smoke that can disappear in seconds.
The warnings follow reports that five people have died in the US from lung illnesses linked to vaping. Officials there have advised people to stop vaping.
Public Health England (PHE) has been asked by doctors to review its safety advice for e-cigarettes. PHE said it wasn’t going to change its advice that the devices are much less harmful than smoking.
Ben Stitchman, head of Holmfirth High in Huddersfield, told parents he feared vaping was harmful for young people. “It seems to me likely that in a few years we will be told that they are highly dangerous,” he said.
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