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Island Trees Says Curb Your E-Butts

District bans use of electronic cigarettes on school grounds

Due to the recent buzz surrounding the use of e-cigarettes by minors, the Island Trees School District Board of Education recently voted to enact a campus-wide ban of electronic cigarette use by students, teachers, parents, faculty and staff. 

 

Although marketed as a means to help people quit smoking, e-cigarettes still contain all the addictive properties of the traditional cigarette. 

 

“It is promoted as an alternative to cigarettes, but it is really not,” said Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “It is the same thing, basically, as smoking... this isn’t a healthy alternative.”

 

In a letter to parents, members of the Board of Education cite a recent study by the Center for Tobacco Research and Education at the University of California, which shows that E-cigarettes may actually encourage teens to smoke. 

 

According to lead researcher Dr. Lauren Dutra, “E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth.” 

 

Dutra argues that manufacturers of the electronic cigarette have included alluring flavors, such as bubble gum, cherry, or coffee, which appeal to the youth community. The study also showed that since E-cigarettes contain the same addicting properties as tobacco, it didn’t take long for teens to develop a nicotine dependency and move on to the traditional cigarette. 

 

“Young people don’t understand,” Murphy said, “It seems harmless, but actually it contains water vapor laced with nicotine.” 

 

Another study by the national Center for Disease Control showed that the number of calls to posion control centers involving e-cigarette liquids rose from one per month in Sept. 2010 to a total of 215 per month last February. According to the CDC, poisioning from e-cigarettes can occur either through ingestion, inhalation or absorbtion through the skin or eyes. 

 

“Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “E-cigarette liquids, as currently sold are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproof, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children.” 

 

In addition to prohibiting the use of e-cigs by the student population, the district said its policy will also extend to adults in the community and visitors on school grounds. 

 

Murphy said that among the changes to the school policy, education is the most critical aspect, which requires that students discuss the dangers of e-cigarettes, tobacco and addiction in their health classes. 

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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