New vape alarms are set to be installed in Australian high schools to help curb teenagers’ use of e-cigarettes. Plumpton High School, in western Sydney, is one of the schools that will implement the latest vape-detecting alarms, which can also catch vapour, marijuana and cigarette smoke.
The detectors will be installed throughout the school, including in the bathrooms, and send out alarms if they detect smoke or vapour. Plumpton will also follow a new education program designed by Western Sydney Local Health District’s Clinical Professor Smita Shah. The program will see students learn about vaping during Personal Development, Health and Physical Education classes, give them a ‘decision-making rationale’ and teach them about vape misinformation on social media.