Schools Take Action Against Vaping


Mercedez Cunha, Christiana Esqueda

        As more and more teens experiment with vaping more emergency rooms are reporting lung related diseases in young people.  According to the Centers for Disease Controlin Atlanta, so far there have almost been a dozen vaping-related deaths since summer, two in California.   

        Many school nurses around the country have also seen an up rise of vaping. According to the New York Times, many schools are in “crisis mode” as they deal with the vaping escalation. The article talks about how schools are going above and beyond the call of duty to get vaping under control. In Alabama a school removed the doors from bathroom stalls to stop students from sneaking inside to vape. In Colorado, a school decided to forfeit a volleyball game after finding “widespread vaping” and other infractions by the team. In Pennsylvania, school administrators have “installed sensors” to detect vaping in bathrooms and locker rooms. Students caught with vape devices face a $50 dollar fine and a threeday suspension. Other schools are holding assemblies to warn students about the dangers of vaping. Schools are now trying to train parents and teachers on the wide array of vape devices. Many adults and teacher don’t even recognize them. An article also pointed to a high school in Chicago that showed students what could happen when you do vape. It displayed a huge X-ray image, on the marquee, of a young man’s lungs. His lungs were cloudy and damaged. He recently had been hospitalized after vaping and now had lungs of a 70-year-old man, at the age of 20, and is now in a come.

         Priscilla Hansen, the nurse here at Bullard, says,”More and more students are coming into my office with symptoms of vaping.” Nurse Hansen is very concerned about the consequences of vaping. “This is what vaping does to your body. The chemicals are transported to your lungs and lung tissue. Those chemicals are very toxic.” Hansen says vaping like smoking cigarettes can be addictive.  And, like tobacco vaping can cause certain types of cancer.  

        “Vaping can also raise your blood pressure and damage your brain cells,” Hansen emphasizes. “Remember young brains are still developing.” There are other heavy consequences to vaping, so says Officer Daniel Gomez, who says underage vaping is a misdemeanor, a nonindictable offense, less serious than a felony. “You can be fined up to $500 and incarcerated for 10 days and/or given community service of 40-to-60 hours.” Almost a thousand people have been hospitalized with lung injuries related to vaping. Officials say they are trying to get the word out to young people about the dangers of vaping and many states are seriously considering banning e cigarettes.