Headteacher warns of e-cig dangers

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A ‘TREND’ for students bringing e-cigarettes into school has prompted a local headteacher to remind parents of the dangers of smoking.

Milford Haven School headteacher Rod Francis has written to parents, raising concern that electronic cigarettes may encourage young people to start smoking.

In the letter, Mr Francis said that due to their ‘novelty value’, there was a ‘common assumption that they are safe’, but warned that young people who use them could easily become addicted to nicotine and progress onto smoking cigarettes too.

“It is totally unacceptable to smoke or bring cigarettes or e-cigarettes into school and pupils who do so will face sanction as part of our behaviour policy,” he continued.

He urged parents to support the school’s anti-smoking stance.

“Please take the time to discuss the issue with your child and encourage your child find out about the dangers,” he said.

The letter also reminded parents of the school’s firm position on illegal drug use.

Mr Francis added that the school works closely with the local police to ensure drugs are kept out of the school, and that officers may be called into the school to search or test for drugs where a “reasonable suspicion exists that unusual behaviour might be a result of illegal drug use”.

At present there is no county-wide policy on the use of e-cigarettes in schools.

A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “The policy would be a matter for individual school governing bodies.

“Pembrokeshire County Council would provide advice and guidance on developing any policy if requested but each school would determine for themselves their own policy pertinent to their school.”

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7:52pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Keith Stammrs says...

It's a pity this same headmistress doesn't take more of an interest in the low grade food served at her establishment, I hear that almost 30% of their pupils are obese. Jumping on the latest bandwagon might please the local politicians who get free publicity but inflicting restrictive rules without doing proper research, or due diligence , is not a good role model for the pupils to follow at an educational establishment, regardless of it's teaching quality.
It's a pity this same headmistress doesn't take more of an interest in the low grade food served at her establishment, I hear that almost 30% of their pupils are obese. Jumping on the latest bandwagon might please the local politicians who get free publicity but inflicting restrictive rules without doing proper research, or due diligence , is not a good role model for the pupils to follow at an educational establishment, regardless of it's teaching quality. Keith Stammrs
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11:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Dragonmum says...

There is little cause for concern re e-cigarettes - even ASH, one of their greatest opponents (for reasons that escape me since they are a way out of smoking) have found no "Gateway Effect". Good luck with your efforts to stop kids doing what all kids do - the crafty fag behind the bike-sheds was almost a rite of passage in my day. Sorry, forgot bicycles are much too dangerous for them to use these days.
There is little cause for concern re e-cigarettes - even ASH, one of their greatest opponents (for reasons that escape me since they are a way out of smoking) have found no "Gateway Effect". Good luck with your efforts to stop kids doing what all kids do - the crafty fag behind the bike-sheds was almost a rite of passage in my day. Sorry, forgot bicycles are much too dangerous for them to use these days. Dragonmum
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7:15am Sat 15 Feb 14

brainyfurball says...

E cigs are not intended for use by 'children' in the first instance. However, instead of warning the could lead to cigarette smoking the Headmaster should have demonstrated concern that these youngsters were probably already hooked on tobacco.

Dragonmum mentions ASH finding no gateway effect and this is a fact .ASH state, "Among children regular use of e-cigarettes is extremely rare. Children who had heard of e-cigarettes were asked about their use and knowledge of them. What little use that is reported is confined almost entirely to children who currently smoke or used to smoke." You can read the full report here, http://www.ash.org.u
k/files/documents/AS
H_891.pdf
E cigs are not intended for use by 'children' in the first instance. However, instead of warning the could lead to cigarette smoking the Headmaster should have demonstrated concern that these youngsters were probably already hooked on tobacco. Dragonmum mentions ASH finding no gateway effect and this is a fact .ASH state, "Among children regular use of e-cigarettes is extremely rare. Children who had heard of e-cigarettes were asked about their use and knowledge of them. What little use that is reported is confined almost entirely to children who currently smoke or used to smoke." You can read the full report here, http://www.ash.org.u k/files/documents/AS H_891.pdf brainyfurball
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