SENIOR teachers at Derbyshire’s biggest secondary school have reiterated that all forms of electronic cigarettes are banned on site after it was reported youngsters had been spotted buying the devices.
Bosses at John Port School, in Etwall, reinforced their stance on the products after it was claimed that pupils had been seen purchasing shisha pens.
However, head teacher Chris Sainsbury was quick to point out that the school had not received any complaints about youngsters buying or using the devices on site.
He said: “We are not aware of anyone selling shisha pens close to the school site.
“We have staff on duty outside school at the beginning and end of every day and only sixth formers are allowed off-site during the day.
“We are looking into which shops locally are selling the shisha pens.
“All electronic cigarettes are banned at school.
“We can’t judge what they contain so a total ban is the only safe way to handle it.
“It’s a concern for us if students are being conditioned in a particular way that may lead them off to areas where they are indulging in smoking cigarettes and so on.”
An electronic shisha pen is a battery-operated device similar to an electronic cigarette. An atomizer heats up an e-liquid turning it into a vapour that can be inhaled.
The devices are available in disposable or reusable form, with a variety of fruit flavours to choose from, and the main ingredients of most e-liquids are water, fruit flavouring, vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol, which is found in cosmetics and icing.
There are no lower age limits on the sale of shisha pens, although some retailers impose a ban on anyone under 18 buying them.
Shisha pens, which, unlike electronic cigarettes, do not contain nicotine, are nevertheless considered to be a concern because they are new and unregulated.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said it wants electronic cigarettes and shisha pens regulated as medicines, meaning they would be subject to much greater quality control.