This electronic device heats a nicotine-laced liquid into vapor to inhale. There are many variations of this electronic product -- e-hookah, e-cigarette (e-cig), e-shisha and smoke stick, to name just a few. This growing craze can be considered a gateway practice that leads to more at-risk behaviors.
Please check out these three articles for more info about the practice and health risks of e-hookah smoking.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention face sheet
- American Cancer Society article
- Internet hookah article
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy, possess or use an e-hookah, e-cigarette or any type of vapor pipe, with or without nicotine.
If a student is found in possession, using and/or selling a tobacco product on campus, he/she faces strict consequences. According to our discipline plan, hookah pens fall under the following violation:
- Possessed or under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind.
- Possession of tobacco or tobacco products.
- Possessed, distributed, sold or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia.
- Arranged, offered or negotiated to sell lookalike controlled substances (drugs, alcohol or intoxicants of any kind).
The first-offense consequence may result in police contact, multiple-day suspension, potential enrollment in a drug diversion program, possible expulsion recommendation and/or loss of school activities
Please consider talking with your child about hookah pens, the associated risks of smoking hookah and the potential school consequences.