Important information about vaping

Posted by Plano ISD Substance Abuse Specialist on 11/20/2019

The safety and well-being of all Plano ISD students are a top priority. Schools across the country have seen a significant increase in the student usage of electronic cigarettes, pens and other vaping devices. Plano ISD has been addressing this issue by talking with students about the health risks and legalities of vaping. Lessons will become available throughout the school year for parents and teachers to share with students. Awareness and refusal skills will be included to help students become informed and empowered to make responsible decisions. As partners in your child’s physical, academic and social emotional development, we want to make you aware of this growing trend and the possible health and legal consequences of vaping.

As of September 1, 2019, vaping is against the law in the state of Texas for anyone under the age of 21. The usage and possession of these products is prohibited at all Plano ISD campuses, buildings, school-related activities and events. Possession and use also violate the Plano ISD Student Code of Conduct and are subject to disciplinary action. Vaping is the act of ingesting oils that contain nicotine, often designed to be smokeless and odorless, from a small electronic device. In addition, these devices can be outfitted with cartridges/pods to hold THC oil (a concentrated form of marijuana/cannabis extracts). Possession of any amount of THC oil is a felony in Texas, which carries a recommendation for mandatory expulsion, placement in the Collin County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program and additional legal consequences.

While we are educating our students about the health and legal dangers of vaping, parents and guardians can view this tip sheet, https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipsheet_508.pdf, and take the following steps to support the safety and wellness of your children:

  1. Become knowledgeable about the dangers of vaping. 
  2. Begin an ongoing conversation with your child about the health risks and disciplinary consequences of vaping.
  3. Restrict your child’s access to vaping and e-cigarette devices.
  4. Observe your child for signs of possible usage.

The Plano ISD substance abuse prevention team and other district personnel have worked together to develop an informational website aimed at helping families identify and address the safety concerns that substance abuse presents. Please visit www.pisd.edu/substanceabuse to access additional resources. 

We appreciate your efforts in helping us provide a safe and supportive learning environment.