The number of youth using e-cigarettes, including Juul, is on the rise at area schools.
After several decades of decline in adult smoking rates, “vaping” is threatening to hook a new generation of young people on nicotine — the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products.
School districts in Cass County have been educating their staff and faculties on how to spot such discreet devices.
Logansport High School Principal Matt Jones echoed the surgeon general’s declaration, calling the issue an epidemic.
“There has been an increase in possession and usage in vaping and vaping devices on campus,” Jones said. “It’s definitely a national epidemic in schools, no doubt.”
JD Dubes, assistant principal of student services, said that vaping is definitely a problem, but it doesn’t take up any more of the dean’s or student resource officer’s time than other issues.
“I don’t think vaping is necessarily at the head of our disciplinary issues by any means,” said JD Dubes, assistant principal of student services. “But there definitely has been an uptick in it.”
Originally promoted as a safer alternative to tobacco, e-cigarettes, otherwise known as “vapes,” come in the many names — Juuls, e-cigs, vape pens, mods, tanks — however, they all share common similarities in that they have a battery, a heating element and a place to hold liquid.
Vape users inhale a vapor, or aerosol, which is produced by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol. The liquid is commonly known as “e-juice,” “e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”
Pioneer Regional School Corporation superintendent Dr. Charles Grable said that although the issue isn’t urgent at Pioneer, they too have dealt with vaping in school. Grable mentioned that being educated on the subject is step one in addressing the issue.
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