Alert | Vaping Health Harms

This alert has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council on behalf of the Metropolitan Police for the attention of all Schools.

The Metropolitan Police have reported that on 29 January 2024, five young people aged 14-16 years who were hospitalised with relatively serious health harms having used vapes which toxicology results have confirmed to contain Spice. They have also reported 2 young people who also experienced health harms an additional having used vapes containing cannabis.

At present we do not know how wide the issue of vapes containing illegal drugs is, and whether the young people involved planned to buy illegal drugs.  

In the latest incident, the vape was a blue and purple coloured rechargeable metal vape device labelled ‘Vaporesso’, which held blue liquid residues within a clear plastic chamber of a silver and black cartridge.

We request that:

  1. If you have any reports of similar incidents in your area, please reply to this email
  2. You may wish to share this information with partners to warn them about the risks of potential contaminated vapes and the related health harms and elicit from partners if they have any further information on similar incidents.  

At present we do not have information on how these vapes were purchased.

Free high quality information on Spice Vapes is available from Drug Science - and

In addition to the free resources above, there is a free online parent, carer and teacher drug awareness session is online each Wednesday at 7:30pm – Please circulate the link to all parent, school and teacher networks. – 

When: Every Wednesday 19:30 – 20:30
Topic: Parent/Carer Drug Drop-in Session Time. This is a recurring meeting. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 870 6929 9511
Passcode: 283623