The dangers of vaping is something that could usefully be discussed with Year 6 as they prepare to move to secondary school. Vaping has become quite popular in recent years, especially among the young where it seem that more than 50% of secondary school children tried vaping over the last twelve months. Vaping liquids and boxes are often designed to look like sweets so appear very attractive and possibly grown up too.
Vaping refers to the act of inhaling and exhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. These devices are also known as e-cigarettes, vape pens, or vapes. They work by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. When the liquid is heated, it turns into a vapor that is then inhaled. It is often marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, but it is not without its risks, especially for young people. Vaping can have harmful effects on the health and well-being of individuals, including children and teenagers.
There is a free presentation available on Vaping and its danger on the TES site that is aimed at children aged ten and above:
KidsHealth has information for parents and teachers on the issues around vaping.