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Vaping/Smoking Concerns

vaping and smoking

Please find below an information sheet issued by DoE regarding the disturbing use of vapes by adolescents within all schools and in the community.

As a school we have had our Police Youth Liaison Officer in to address all Year Groups and are looking at holding a parent information session.

Smoking, which now includes the use of electronic cigarettes (vaping) has been prohibited on all school premises and in administrative areas since July 1988. Smoking/vaping is also prohibited at all public transport stops and stations in NSW and on transport to and from school.

Health Risks

Smoking is a major risk factor for a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • coronary heart disease: 10 times higher than non-smokers
  • stroke and peripheral vascular disease
  • lung cancer: 20 times higher risk than non-smokers
  • other cancers such as stomach, bladder, mouth and cervical cancer
  • emphysema
  • osteoporosis
  • type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrom

Electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) can contain high levels of nicotine. Adolescence is a critical period for brain development and exposure to nicotine can have long-term health consequences, impacting memory, attention and learning.

E-cigarettes are often available in different flavours which can be appealing to young people and may expose them to chemicals and toxins such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, particulate matter and flavouring chemicals, at levels that have the potential to cause serious adverse health effects.

Second-hand smoke exposure can cause disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. Specifically children exposed to second-hand smoke experience a  range of upper and lower respiratory illnesses and symptoms such as colds and flu, cough, phlegm production, wheezing and pneumonia.

What we are doing to support your child’s health

We will continue to take appropriate opportunities to promote the Department’s policy on smoking on school premises. We will also report any breaches of outdoor smoking bans to NSW Health via an online form.

Your support

There are ways you can help protect your children. These include:

  • Talking to your child about why smoking/vaping are harmful for them. It is never too late to have the conversation
  • Learning about the different types of e-cigarettes available and the risks associated with using these products
  • Setting a good example by being tobacco free
  • Reporting those who are selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes to minors. You can do this by completing the online reporting form (https://tobaccocomplaint.crm.moh.health.nsw.gov.au/ ) or calling the Tobacco Information Line on 1800 357 412.

Helpful resources

You may find the below resources helpful when talking with your child:


Please contact the school if you have any particular concerns for your child and help will be made available as soon as possible.