East Lancs school bans use of e-cigarettes

Blackburn Citizen: A person smokes an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. A person smokes an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette.

A SCHOOL has banned e-cigarettes over concerns they are becoming fashionable.

Norden High School has barred the items from school grounds after seeing a rise in their use.

Electronic cigarettes mimic the effects of real cigarettes, producing a vapour that is free of some of most damaging substances, such as tar.

The vapour does often, however, contain nicotine, the addictive ‘hit’ in cigarette smoke.

Tim Mitchell, head at the Rishton School, said the items were being bought and used as a fashion statement in all year groups. He also warned parents not to be ‘hoodwinked’ into viewing them as harmless.

He said: “Ordinary smoking has always been a problem in schools but recently we have seen a steep rise in the use of the e-cigarette. When we quiz their parents about them they believe an e-cigarette will stop them smoking ordinary ones.

“My reply is that children shouldn’t be smoking any kind of cigarette. They should not be hoodwinked. There are also parents who are shocked and horrified. However these cigarettes are easier to hide, as there aren’t vast clouds of smoke”.

MORE TOP STORIES:

He added that the use of the cigarettes has been seen across all ages ranges within the school.

He added: “They have them in all sorts of weird and wonderful flavours and they’ve become a fashion accessory.

“We are seeing them take off in every year group which is a real worry.”

Letters have been sent to parents saying use of e-cigarettes will be treated the same as real tobacco.

One letter sent by the school reads: “Any student with an electronic cigarette will have this item confiscated as they would with regard to any actual cigarettes and parents will be contacted accordingly. Please can you support us in this in order that we can best meet the health and well-being needs of all students.”

In January the government announced Under-18s in England would be banned from buying e-cigarettes.

The Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association has also said e-cigarettes are not meant for under-18s.

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:01am Thu 8 May 14

Black Car Guy. says...

I always thought cigs were banned in schools?
I always thought cigs were banned in schools? Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 26

11:45am Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Black Car Guy. wrote:
I always thought cigs were banned in schools?
So are normal cigarettes but it didn't deter me or many others in the past, present or possibly future !!
[quote][p][bold]Black Car Guy.[/bold] wrote: I always thought cigs were banned in schools?[/p][/quote]So are normal cigarettes but it didn't deter me or many others in the past, present or possibly future !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 12

2:51pm Thu 8 May 14

shirtbox says...

These foul things are even on sale in Co-op chemists all over even taking pride of place on the counter,when I contacted the co-op over this matter I got no response,the unethical co-op at work.Do parents know that children can legally buy these things.
These foul things are even on sale in Co-op chemists all over even taking pride of place on the counter,when I contacted the co-op over this matter I got no response,the unethical co-op at work.Do parents know that children can legally buy these things. shirtbox
  • Score: -14

2:58pm Thu 8 May 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

shirtbox wrote:
These foul things are even on sale in Co-op chemists all over even taking pride of place on the counter,when I contacted the co-op over this matter I got no response,the unethical co-op at work.Do parents know that children can legally buy these things.
are you one of those parents that park outside school with the engine running choking the kids and public alike drivers never complain about the **** their cars spit out and cc don't remove all the ****
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: These foul things are even on sale in Co-op chemists all over even taking pride of place on the counter,when I contacted the co-op over this matter I got no response,the unethical co-op at work.Do parents know that children can legally buy these things.[/p][/quote]are you one of those parents that park outside school with the engine running choking the kids and public alike drivers never complain about the **** their cars spit out and cc don't remove all the **** ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 17

3:48pm Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

back to smokers corner then
back to smokers corner then wilddog
  • Score: 9

3:49pm Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
shirtbox wrote:
These foul things are even on sale in Co-op chemists all over even taking pride of place on the counter,when I contacted the co-op over this matter I got no response,the unethical co-op at work.Do parents know that children can legally buy these things.
are you one of those parents that park outside school with the engine running choking the kids and public alike drivers never complain about the **** their cars spit out and cc don't remove all the ****
thnk its called two faced to be honest. Ban smoking but fume away with the car etc.
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: These foul things are even on sale in Co-op chemists all over even taking pride of place on the counter,when I contacted the co-op over this matter I got no response,the unethical co-op at work.Do parents know that children can legally buy these things.[/p][/quote]are you one of those parents that park outside school with the engine running choking the kids and public alike drivers never complain about the **** their cars spit out and cc don't remove all the ****[/p][/quote]thnk its called two faced to be honest. Ban smoking but fume away with the car etc. wilddog
  • Score: 10

4:50pm Thu 8 May 14

moxhie says...

I am all in favour of e-cigs after previously smoking cigarettes for 50 years .

I have been using e-cigs now for 18 months , and I haven't smoked a cigarette since , saving £3000 .

As for children in school using them , I am surprised that this is allowed .

It is time we returned to the culture where children are not allowed to do everything which adults do , and where adults set some standards of decency and respect for children to follow .
I am all in favour of e-cigs after previously smoking cigarettes for 50 years . I have been using e-cigs now for 18 months , and I haven't smoked a cigarette since , saving £3000 . As for children in school using them , I am surprised that this is allowed . It is time we returned to the culture where children are not allowed to do everything which adults do , and where adults set some standards of decency and respect for children to follow . moxhie
  • Score: 9

4:59pm Thu 8 May 14

mys says...

Why the heck are they allowed them in schools anyway for gods sake,come on what prat allowed them in the first place,if kids are going to smoke they will smoke sorry,it angers me so much
Why the heck are they allowed them in schools anyway for gods sake,come on what prat allowed them in the first place,if kids are going to smoke they will smoke sorry,it angers me so much mys
  • Score: 6

6:58pm Thu 8 May 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

mys wrote:
Why the heck are they allowed them in schools anyway for gods sake,come on what prat allowed them in the first place,if kids are going to smoke they will smoke sorry,it angers me so much
It's not as though the had been willfully allowed in schools, it's more that the e-cigs came along before the rules could catch up. Nobody would have stood there and said "yes please bring one in" to the kids.

The arguments for and against e-cigs in the adult world could rage on for years, they do have plenty of pros and cons to keep a nice argument going. Kids however should never go near them full stop so I agree with this ban.
[quote][p][bold]mys[/bold] wrote: Why the heck are they allowed them in schools anyway for gods sake,come on what prat allowed them in the first place,if kids are going to smoke they will smoke sorry,it angers me so much[/p][/quote]It's not as though the had been willfully allowed in schools, it's more that the e-cigs came along before the rules could catch up. Nobody would have stood there and said "yes please bring one in" to the kids. The arguments for and against e-cigs in the adult world could rage on for years, they do have plenty of pros and cons to keep a nice argument going. Kids however should never go near them full stop so I agree with this ban. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 5

7:28pm Thu 8 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
mys wrote:
Why the heck are they allowed them in schools anyway for gods sake,come on what prat allowed them in the first place,if kids are going to smoke they will smoke sorry,it angers me so much
It's not as though the had been willfully allowed in schools, it's more that the e-cigs came along before the rules could catch up. Nobody would have stood there and said "yes please bring one in" to the kids.

The arguments for and against e-cigs in the adult world could rage on for years, they do have plenty of pros and cons to keep a nice argument going. Kids however should never go near them full stop so I agree with this ban.
Tried em, they do have some value as an aid to stop Smoking but my opinion is the next stage to them is a cigarette. Fortunately I managed to stop with invaluable help and support of Nhs Smoke free. Truth is the E cigs are loaded with nicotine which is addictive. Giving up is extremely difficult ( especially after 25yrs) and I would not recommend E cigs to anyone wanting to do so better to find an alternative before trying to stop.
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mys[/bold] wrote: Why the heck are they allowed them in schools anyway for gods sake,come on what prat allowed them in the first place,if kids are going to smoke they will smoke sorry,it angers me so much[/p][/quote]It's not as though the had been willfully allowed in schools, it's more that the e-cigs came along before the rules could catch up. Nobody would have stood there and said "yes please bring one in" to the kids. The arguments for and against e-cigs in the adult world could rage on for years, they do have plenty of pros and cons to keep a nice argument going. Kids however should never go near them full stop so I agree with this ban.[/p][/quote]Tried em, they do have some value as an aid to stop Smoking but my opinion is the next stage to them is a cigarette. Fortunately I managed to stop with invaluable help and support of Nhs Smoke free. Truth is the E cigs are loaded with nicotine which is addictive. Giving up is extremely difficult ( especially after 25yrs) and I would not recommend E cigs to anyone wanting to do so better to find an alternative before trying to stop. ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree