Schools, Students Respond to a Crisis of Teen Vaping

Statistics reveal a youth vaping epidemic sweeping across the United States. At the same time, a mysterious illness affecting electronic smoking devices has sickened over 800 people and killed more than half a dozen. Now, schools are beginning to respond. And some of the boldest programs are collaborations between students and teachers.

The Los Angeles Times outlines some of the campaigns taking shape on California campuses. These include a student-designed anti-vaping app at Crescenta Valley High School, created at the behest Associate Principal Christine Benitez; an anti-vaping social club at Rosemont Middle School; a series of meetings and conferences aimed at discouraging teen vaping at Santa Monica High; and a $30,000 “Dangers of Vaping” presentation by Glendale Unified for all grade 5 through 12 students.

Additionally, “staffers at various Southern California campuses are stepping up patrols of hidden nooks, installing costly detection devices, bringing in addiction counselors and modifying health curricula.”

Read more about what teachers and students are doing to curb the crisis of teen vaping here.


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