Rise in Teen Vaping Prompts Schools to Install Sensors

Some Alabama school districts are planning to install vape sensors in restrooms after witnessing a dramatic increase in students vaping when they returned to in-person classes after the pandemic.


(TNS) — Vaping has increased so much among youths since the pandemic began that some local schools are installing vape sensors in restrooms this summer and ratcheting up disciplinary action for offenders.


“We’re seeing it as young as fifth grade,” said Danville Middle School Principal Chad Kelsoe. “One of my largest collections (of vapes) has come from fifth grade this year.”


Deputy Superintendent Lee Willis said youth vaping is not new, but this school year administrators are having to discipline students more frequently for possessing, distributing or inhaling vapes.