Berkley High School tests new technology to discourage students from vaping

BERKLEY, Mich. – If you have a child in high school, chances are they or someone they know use e-cigarettes, and many students confirmed it in the most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey. Over 2.1 million American high school students reported using e-cigarettes. That’s more than 14% of all high schoolers.


Among those who use e-cigarettes, more than a quarter of students say they vape daily. It’s not just about the nicotine hit, as 85% of youth e-cigarette users opt for the flavored varieties, with fruit flavors the most popular, followed by candy or sweet flavors. Berkley High School is trying to deter vaping in schools by installing sensors in the bathrooms. The school board approved the idea and purchased them a few months ago.


Principal Andy Meloche describes the Halo Smart Sensor as similar to a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. Vapors from an e-cigarette or any other device trip a silent alarm that notifies staff and administration.