New NJ Bills About educating kids about the risks of vaping, sexting are coming
New NJ Bills About educating kids about the risks of vaping, sexting are coming

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New Jersey is the first state to ban vaping products. The main problem is that the consumers of these products are underage or school going students. In this guide, we are going to talk about the bills to add the subject of risks of vaping and sexting in the school curriculum.

Vaping curriculum

The New Jersey government started banning vaping products to make people aware of the vaping related illness. Now, under the ‘Critical Health Problems & Comprehensive Health Education Program’ would add topics related to e-cigs and other vaping devices. This new bill HB 3928 sponsored by state Rep. Joyce Mason is the mainstream vape news

Under this law, the elementary and secondary education curriculum needs to include certain educational areas. The lessons will include drug use, alcohol, and tobacco.

What is the reason for this bill?

E-cigarettes contain nicotine and their stylish way of advertisement attracts the smoker. This has become a major concern for the legislators as there are many underage users of these vaping products. According to the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”, it has shown that around 21% of the e-cigarettes users are high school students in the U.S.

Juul is the most popular brand of e-cigarette and according to CDC, it contains the same nicotine amount which is the same with one pack of traditional cigarettes. Last year, this vaping brand was under fire as they were promoting the kids-friendly vaping products.

This is why it is important to include the e-cigs and vaping products in comprehensive health education.

Sexting curriculum

Students of grade 6 to 12 need to learn the personal and legal consequences of sharing sexual videos and images. HB 4007, sponsored by state Rep. Maurice West said, “These days children are well-aware of the smartphone then we do. It is our responsibility to acknowledge that and have conversations with them so that they do not make any wrong choices socially, academically, and legally.” Currently, sexting will only be included in the sex education classes by New Jersey.

What is the reason for this bill?

In 2018, a study was done on around 1,10,000 teenagers and around 25% of them had received sexually text messages and 15% of them have shared such text messages.

Moreover, there were 12% of students who sent sexual text messages to someone without his or her consent.

Both these bills will go to the 118-member House for discussion. If the majority comes out then it will be sent to the United States Senate for consideration.