Dear Parents and Guardians,

This year we have noticed an increase in the use of electronic cigarette materials among the student body. Electronic cigarettes can take the form of vaporizers which are nicotine delivery devices that produce inhalable, smoke like vapor which are flavored to taste like bubblegum, popcorn, gummy bear, candy cane and cotton candy to hook adolescents.

While many students feel these vaporizers are a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, current research is showing this information to be false. New studies reveal that vapors weaken the immune system and cause wounds to heal more slowly, contain cancer causing chemicals and may cause individuals to develop a “vapors cough” possibly leading to long time lung damage. These devices and “vaping juices” are unregulated and their use has increased by over 900% in the past six years according to the Surgeon General.

Furthermore, many of these electronic devices can be engineered to vaporize oil from the marijuana plant which contains 80-90% THC content. Also, since the vapor has a pleasant producing smell, and dissipates quickly, the use of these devices often goes undetected by parents and school officials.

At Putnam Valley High School, we are very concerned about the health and safety of our students. Our Code of Conduct strictly prohibits the use or possession of cigarettes, drugs or drug paraphernalia. If a student is caught vaping or with vape material, he/she may face up to two days out of school suspension as a consequence.  We want our students to be present in class and focused on academics. We are currently working with our Substance Abuse Counselor, Lorraine Anderson, to raise awareness among our student body on the dangers of vaping.

If you have concerns that your child may be vaping or have questions, Ms. Anderson is an outstanding resource and support. She can be reached at or 845-526-7823. I have also included links to resources that can give you more information on this dangerous trend.


Sandra Intrieri

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