I’m proud to go to West Allis Central High School. The first day of school is coming up soon and this year I’m really excited about a new policy that’s going to affect the health of everyone who goes and works there. It’s our school’s new e-cigarette policy.
As a part of FACT, Wisconsin youth tobacco prevention program, I’ve learned a lot about how nasty these products are and how the use of e-cigarettes has more than doubled among kids my age. With candy-like flavors like gummy bear, grape and chocolate it’s easy to see why.
It’s because of these reasons and many more that my school, West Allis Central High School made a small change to their tobacco-free school policy to include e-cigarettes. This change will have a big impact on the health of us students and staff.
I can’t thank them enough for doing this. Now kids won’t be exposed to the dangerous vapors and can breathe clean air and be healthier.
Not including e-cigarettes from the school policy would have put students and faculty at risk. I just learned that new research has shown that the aerosol from e-cigarettes can contain metals like tin, chromium, and nickel. I know I don’t want that stuff in my lungs!
Thank you to the West Allis School Board for protecting our health and first and banning e-cigarettes in our schools.