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Latest advice for parents and carers
Welcome to the latest edition of the newsletter from the Safeguarding Team at Thomas Telford
UTC. Our aim is to bring you all the latest relevant help and advice on issues that we feel will be of
importance to you. In this issue we will highlight the worrying rise in youth vaping and use of
edibles and provide the latest advice on internet safety and social media.
YOUTH VAPING—THE RISING TREND
Vaping appears to be everywhere nowadays. While vapes (e-cigarettes) are meant to be used as a ‘quit-tool’ for
smokers rather than a new method for non-smokers, one trend has been slowly on the rise in the last few years –
youth vaping. There are reports across their that children as young as 8 years old have been found vaping at
schools across the UK. It also follows concerns from healthcare officials that youth vaping is gradually on the rise
in the UK, despite selling vapes to under 18s is illegal. Online safety experts have taken a more in depth look at
youth vaping and you can find more information on the potential risks and helpful tips that will help you to better
understand the issue and how it might impact the young people in your care.
Vapes come in many shapes and sizes. Some might look like everyday items such as pens or flash
drives or even hoody drawstrings!
These ‘e-cigarettes use a heated metal coil within a covering to create inhalable vapour from a liquid
form of nicotine called ‘e-liquid’.
E-liquid (‘e-juice’ or ‘vape juice’) is a formula composed of nicotine and other chemical ingredients
Vaping can be a lot more discrete than smoking, and may be happening without a parent,
carer, or teacher noticing it. There are various signs to be aware of with youth vaping,
An unexplained cough, wheeze, or shortness of breath.
Empty disposable vapes, plastic cartridges, containers, or bottles.
Irritable behaviour if unable to go outside or have a break.
Sudden mood swings, frustrations, paranoia, or anxiety.
Lingering scents that are fruity or sweet smelling.