There is concern about increased use of e-cigarettes in schools in Puerto Rico

Experts from the American Cancer Society warn that the solvents and flavoring chemicals in these devices may be toxic.

Louis Banki

June 1, 2022 | | reading time: 4 minutes

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School yard. Photo: shutterstock.

While the Mexican federal government bans electric cigarettes, Puerto Rico’s Department of Education has expressed concern about its consumption among students, and a prominent pediatrician on the island has admitted that very little is known about its toxicity.

The Dr. Victor RamosAnd the Member of the American Pediatric Societytold the Journal of Medicine and Public Health that the issue should concern authorities and parents because these cigarettes have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration and are rife with new, unknown products.

“It’s dangerous and we don’t know how dangerous it is because there are new cigarettes that we don’t even know the chemical composition of,” said Ramos, the former president of the College of Physicians of Puerto Rico.

Yesterday, the Mexican federal government announced a ban on these cigarettes deemed dangerous by health authorities. The embargo includes a ban on their import and export.

E-cigarettes have increased 30 percent in recent years in terms of youth consumption in the United States, and they are spreading in Puerto Rico, causing the Department of Education to alert.

“It’s a way we see it growing with concern as we’re watching the street vendors who are near the schools,” Ramos said in an interview with MSP, referring to the issue of the movement of weapons and drugs near the island’s schools.

Ramos admitted that there are drug points that also operate near public schools, and coordinated with the police to intervene inside school campuses. However, the CEO emphasized that there was no problem of violence within the school or the introduction of firearms on campus.

Despite this, after the events in Ovaldi, Texas, where 21 people were killed in an armed attack by a lone 18-year-old gunman, Ramos is considering placing metal detectors in schools to prevent firearms from entering schools. Local Classrooms .

Not a single firearm has been discovered inside Puerto Rican schools in years, and experts in social work and psychology believe the option of detection machines should be ruled out here.

Regarding the issue of electronic cigarettes, Director of Education Security Cesar Gonzalez confirmed that operations were performed in ten schools that led to the confiscation of these devices, which are considered illegal for students under the age of 18.

“Sellers market these cigarettes to schools even though they know they are illegal for minors,” Gonzalez told MSP.

The executive realized that these cigarettes were causing a health problem among the students. The American Cancer Society has warned that the use of these cigarettes is harmful to students because they contain nicotine, sometimes in greater quantities than conventional cigarettes, if not also because they expose the lungs and respiratory system to additional risks.

Experts from the American Cancer Society warn that the solvents and flavoring chemicals in these devices may be toxic. The entity asserts that the growth of its use in the United States indicates that thousands of young people have become addicted to nicotine at an early age.