Summer is over and I’m officially back in classes at Pulaski. My focus this year will be law studies because I want to be a lawyer when I grow up. Because of my love of the law, I want to take this opportunity to tell my fellow students and teachers about a new school policy that takes effect this year. The ban of e-cigarettes on school property.
It’s because of e-cigarettes addictive qualities that Pulaski, as well as many other Milwaukee Public Schools have made a small change to their tobacco-free school policy to include e-cigarettes. The change, which will prohibit the use of e-cigarette on school grounds, will have a big impact on the health of students and staff.
As a part of FACT, Wisconsin youth tobacco prevention program, I’ve learned a lot over the summer about how nasty these products are and how the use of e-cigarettes has more than doubled among kids my age. The flavors, such as gummy bear, grape and chocolate, have made these products more appealing to youth.
FACT members learned about new research which 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.
I can’t thank MPS enough for implementing the ban. Even though e-cigarettes emit vapors, it has now been proven this product is not safe. Although my school’s new e-cigarette policy may not stop all kids from using this harmful product, the future lawyer in me feels obligated to help keep fellow students and faculty from being exposed to this dangerous product.