FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High Athletic Director Paul Spear asked students to “please stop vaping.”
Vaping, according to the National Center for Addition and Substance “is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. … Vaping devices include not just e-cigarettes, but also vape pens and advanced personal vaporizers (also known as ‘MODS’).”
“Please stop vaping. Don’t do it in your car, with a friend, in the bathroom, in your house, in your yard, in the library, in the caf, on the field, don’t video it, don’t post it, just don’t use a vape – period,” wrote Spear in an open letter to athletes and families.
“The suspensions keep hurting our teams and you gain no competitive advantage. You have no idea what it is doing to your lungs, your body, or how addictive it can be. You have no idea what it is doing to your overall health and anyone who thinks nothing may be in for a big surprise,” wrote Spear.
“I hate to have to address this but it is a rampant and very frustrating problem. You have a choice: risk suspension and hurt yourself or the team you’re supposed to care about or stop vaping,” wrote Spear. “If you’re an athlete be an athlete and stop hurting yourself and our teams with this nonsense.”