Surveys of local middle and high school students have revealed some disturbing information about the prevalence of vaping in local schools.
PLYMOUTH – Surveys of local middle and high school students have revealed some disturbing information about the prevalence of vaping in local schools.
More than half of local high school seniors, for instance, have reported using e-cigarettes or vape pens. Vaping materials are generally considered easy to get by most high school students. Many are using vaping devices with marijuana oil to get high.
Kelly Macomber, coalition coordinator for the Plymouth Youth Development Collaborative, revealed the survey results last week at a community forum hosted by the Plymouth Area League of Women Voters. Vaping: Just the Facts offered a primer on a subject that took even prevention specialists like Macomber by surprise.
“Vaping wasn’t on the radar when I first was approached a year and a half ago,” Macomber told a crowd at Plymouth Community Intermediate School last Thursday.
Macomber explained that a typical vaping rig is made up of three pieces – vaping liquid, a heating element and a rechargeable battery pack. The system turns the liquid into an aerosol that can be inhaled.
They are a dangerous because vape liquids typically include dozens of chemicals and, despite assurances that they are nicotine-free, some have more nicotine than an entire pack of cigarettes.
They are a problem in schools because they have been designed to look like ordinary devices, such as a USB stick that can be easily concealed and even hidden in plain sight. They are widely used during bathroom breaks, and there are even reports of students sneaking a vape in class with teacher present.
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