Schools and Vaping

All over America, vaping has become one of the most prominent issues within schools. Schools everywhere are trying different strategies to end the abusive use of Juuls and other brands’ vaping products.

Vaping provides a hit of nicotine similar to electronic cigarettes each time used. Each pod contains 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid. According to the American Lung Association, vaping has been known for causing what is known as “Popcorn lung.” Popcorn lung forms when the exposure of a chemical in the Juul called diacetyl is highly exposed, damaging cells lining the respiratory tract.

The problem with the juuling device is that it is said to be manufactured for adults, but is manufactured in a way that appeals to teens. What is most concerning is how easily it can be hidden from parents and teachers. Many high schools have inflicted stricter rules in their school systems regarding vaping.

For example “...a high school in Maryland’s capital city of Annapolis, the principal ordered doors removed from bathrooms to keep students from sneaking hits in the stalls.” The removal of the doors of the bathrooms helps teachers and administrators keep a closer eye on the bathrooms to enforce the rules.

Parents, principals and police struggle with underage use, worried the unfamiliarity of the new slim e-cigarettes that look like USB drives and their fruity nicotine pods will create a new generation of addicted smokers. The vaping teens have caused a great concern and have made it a very difficult situation for schools. Schools have been acting upon this to the best of their ability and continue to try to prevent these children from causing anymore harm to themselves.

Catherine Siounis