Yesterday, I spoke with St. Luke’s students about vaping.  (Scroll Down for Video)  It was just hours after many of us listened, almost numb, to the news of yet another school shooting. I had to wonder if this talk was appropriate given the horror that had just taken place.

Then, a New Canaan police officer arrived on campus. He explained that he just wanted to be a reassuring presence. His compassion and sense of community helped me to make my decision. We gathered our students, had a moment of silence, and then I proceeded with the talk.                    

That caring officer reminded me that the answer to violence and sadness is to care for each other. The best response to destruction is reinforcing goodness and kindness.

Yesterday I spoke with our children about vaping because we care deeply about their lives. We began with 7th-12th grades, and next week, I’ll have a modified talk with our youngest students in grades 5 and 6. 


St. Luke’s Head of School Mark Davis Shares Facts About Teen Vaping


E-Cigarette's Risks & Benefits-New York Times

Teen Vaping is Not What You Think -The Washington Post

Teens Pretty Sober Except for Marijuana & Vaping -

Teens Embrace Juuling -

The Teen Vaping Trend, What Parents Need to Know - 

Vapin Popular Among Teens, Opiod Misuse Historic Lows-

Nicotine & Tobacco as Subtances of Abuse in Children & Adolescents - American Academy of Pediatrics

Plain Old Vaping Gives Way to "Dripping" Among Teenagers - The New York Times

How To Talk with Teenagers About Vaping -The New York Times

Vaping Can Be Addictive & May Lure Teenagers to Smoking-The New York Times


 St. Luke’s is a private, secular (non-religious) independent school in New Canaan, CT serving grades 5-12. St. Luke’s mission: An exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead. 


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