In London, teenagers pass out in schools after using vapes.
The law enforcement officers, having received a report about the deterioration of students’ well-being after smoking these devices, confiscated the vapes and sent them for testing. They were examined for the content of spice, a drug that is highly addictive and can lead to a “zombie state,” writes The Telegraph.
They also found that vapes contain a psychoactive drug that is found in cannabis.
During the investigation, the police concluded that some reusable vapes are filled with drugs by dealers and then sold to young people through social media.
“Young people who are about to buy these banned devices have no idea what they contain and the potential dangers they can cause“, the police say.
According to Sergeant Sarah Tynan, in some cases a single dose of the spice can be fatal.
“Inhaling the spice is extremely dangerous for young people and can lead to health problems such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, heart palpitations, seizures, extreme anxiety, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, psychosis, vomiting, diarrhea and acute kidney injury . In some cases, one dose can kill“, she emphasized.
A survey of 4,000 teachers by the education union NASUWT found that 85% of them believe that cigarette smoking is a problem in schools.
More than half of educators reported that some students leave class to smoke, and a third said that some students find it difficult to focus on their studies because of the effects of nicotine.
Glyn Potts, headmaster of St John Henry Newman Catholic College, said the risk of using e-cigarettes was “extremely high” and urged parents to be vigilant.
“Young people are buying what they believe contains CBD oil – what they believe is, quote, “all natural” – but the risks are extremely high“, he added.
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“It’s bad enough that vapes are sold to kids at all, but it’s scary to learn that they’re being modified by criminals with illegal drugs. We condemn those responsible for this dangerous practice“.
Last month, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to ban single-use vapes. It is known that the ban may enter into force already this year or at the latest – at the beginning of the next.
More expensive reusable e-cigarettes will be legally available, but they will be sold exclusively in specialty stores.
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