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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. 

News

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently nominated 19 students from the Fourth Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Kevin Seery of Wantagh has earned one of the nominations to the United States Military Academy from McCarthy. Seery is presently attending Norwich University. 

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


Sports

Dowling College’s Mike Groenthal, of Levittown, was recently named as Honorable Mention All-Conference selections from the East Coast Conference (ECC) in men’s soccer, as a forward. Groenthal is a junior at Downling. He is a graduate of Island Trees High School. 

 

The ECC was formed in 1989 to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. 

John Kane, of Levittown (pictured), scored as the 10th finisher overall in the Greater Long Island Club’s 15th Annual Six-hour 16th Birthday Run, which was recently held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Kane logged a total of 38.22 miles over the six hours, to earn him the 10th slot out of 140 participants.


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