Abilene ISD highlights hazards of vaping as district sees surge in e-cigarette use

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene Independent School District (ISD) has released a letter highlighting the hazards of vaping as the district sees a surge in the use of electronic cigarettes.

“It’s crucial to know that vaping is never safe, despite advertising claims. All vapes contain harmful chemicals linked to cancer and brain and lung diseases. In other words, vapes are not a safer alternative to smoking,” AISD wrote in a letter to parents and guardians.

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Texas law requires public schools to remove any student from class who is found with an e-cigarette and place them in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP). Possessing a vape, including empty vapes or vaping components, at AISD could result in:

  • High school students in possession of THC vapes face arrest, felony charges, and expulsion on the first offense.

  • Middle school students in possession of THC vapes face arrest, felony charges, 30 days at DAEP, and expulsion for subsequent offenses.

Additionally, having a vape could impact participation in extracurricular activities such as athletics, fine arts, clubs, and organizations.

The district’s Parent/Student Handbook states that “Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), or any other electronic vaporizing device while on school property or while attending an off-campus school-related activity.”

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Abilene ISD seeks to maintain a vape-free environment and released the following statement:

“Help us maintain a vape-free environment by discussing the dangers of vaping with your child. Encourage healthier choices and remind them to stay vigilant about who has access to their belongings at school. You can always report safety concerns at www.abileneisd.org/speakup. Your support is appreciated as we strive together for a vape-free AISD.”

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