Teachers and district administrators all over the United States are scrambling to deal with the student vaping epidemic. For people who are not familiar with vaping, the Center on Addiction defines “vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. This term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that consists of fine particles.”
Vaping was introduced in the late 2000s and has taken the spotlight ever since. E-cigarette marketing is aimed at our youth by being packaged in bright colors and promotes flavors like fruit, candy, alcohol, or other enticing flavors. Youth and young adults are using e-cigarettes because they are curious; they like the taste and believe that e-cigarettes are less harmful than other tobacco products. Vaping is also increasing in popularity with marijuana users as it disguises the smell and makes it easier to hide.
According to The Surgeon General, “e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes in 2014.” The FDA has declared youth vaping as an epidemic.
FDA Statistics about E-cigarette Use among US Youth:
- Among middle and high school students, 3.62 million were current users of e-cigarettes in 2018.
- From 2017 to 2018, e-cigarette use increased 78 percent among high school students (11.7% to 20.8%) and 48 percent among middle school students (3.3% to 4.9%).
- According to a 2013-2014 survey, 81 percent of current youth e-cigarette users cited the availability of appealing flavors as the primary reason for use.
How do we take action?
- Educate ourselves about the harms of vaping and nicotine in any form they are available.
- Talk with young people about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Tell them you have a strong stance against them using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes.
- Talk to our school principals and administrators about concerns with youth vaping. Attend PTA meetings, Board of Education meetings, and Town meetings to see what their plans are.
- Encourage schools to invest in the HALO Smart Sensor to detect vaping and other chemicals.
Vaping is a problem that’s not going away, and every concerned parent or guardian should get themselves up to speed on this situation and ask their schools if they have sensors in place to detect vaping.
IPVideo Corporation offers a vape sensor that aligns with themselves to help schools address this problem. Our HALO Smart Sensor detects air quality, room occupancy, aggression, and other chemicals. They can be mounted into ceilings in bathrooms, athletic facilities, hallways, classrooms, and the whole school. School officials will get email, text, and digital alerts in video management systems. IPVideo Corporation’s HALO Smart Sensor is the perfect addition for schools looking to improve overall student safety, stop vaping, and detect harmful situations.