There is an epidemic beyond COVID growing among our young people – tobacco and nicotine addiction. The use of flavored electronic cigarettes has dramatically increased among college and high school students. Yet Connecticut is shirking its responsibility not to ban flavored e-cigarettes. All states surrounding Connecticut have already adopted these protections for their children. When are we going?
As executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, I think it’s time to ban them. Although e-cigarettes (or vapes) are newer to the market, they may have already harmed the ability to learn and thrive for countless students. Each dose delivers a potent dose of nicotine, a dangerous and highly addictive neurotoxin. Nicotine may impair adolescent brain development, which continues until around age 25, and may impair learning, attention, memory and control, says US Surgeon General impulses.