Vaping Resource for Schools: Addressing student use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products

Youth tobacco use has suddenly increased in Canada. The rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices has reversed a trend of declining teen tobacco use in the country, to the point where public health officials are declaring the issue to be ‘alarming’.

Vaping products have now surpassed tobacco as the most common nicotine-containing products used by Canadian and PEI youth. In 2017:
  30% of PEI students reported ‘ever trying’ an e-cigarette (up from 24% in 2015).
      o Grades 7-9: 15% of students
      o Grades 10-12: 44% of students
  17% of PEI students reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days (up from 10% in 2015).
      o Grades 7-9: 7% of students
      o Grades 10-12: 26% of students

Update on Advisory Councils

A brief update on all matters “advisory” from PEI Home and School Federation.

Family of Schools District Advisory Councils

I’m happy to report that our membership has risen to the challenge, and a large majority of schools have identified a representative for the Family of Schools District Advisory Councils in advance of the December 31, 2015 deadline.  

Thank you for rising to the challenge: in a perfect world there would have been more time for a more considered process for identifying the representatives, and I encourage you to work with your membership to fine-tune the process for the next time a representative needs to be selected. This would be a good process to include in your local association’s bylaws or guidelines so that future cohorts of home & school members have a ready reference for the process.

Home and School and the Learning Partners Advisory Council

In the November 5, 2015 announcement of changes to education governance in the province, in addition to the Family of Schools District Advisory Councils, the Premier announced the formation of a Learning Partners Advisory Council, a coaltion to take a broader, longer-term look at education – both before, during, and after public school.

In a letter of November 27, 2015, Premier MacLauchlan and Bill Whelan, who will act as co-chairs, invited PEI Home and School Federation to select a representative to the Council.


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