Teen vaping on the rise: Schools taking strong action
The use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products is soaring among teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cig use increased from 1.5% in 2011 to more than 20% last year. Vaping was originally supposed to be a high tech form of smoking or a way to quit, instead doctors warn teenagers, are picking up the habit for fun.
"We do know some of those compounds are damaging to your airway," said Pulmonary care physician, Andrew Shakespeare. "The biggest risk for the young is that we don't know the long-term effects number one, but it is also a gateway to other known carcinogens that can cause lung cancer and other damage."
As the trend of vaping goes up nationally, Lubbock-Cooper ISD administrators are taking a stronger stance on the possession and use of e-cigs on campus.
"As a district it is actually a mandatory DAEP placement for these students if they are caught in possession of a vape which means they would attend our disciplinary alternative campus," said Jay Whitefield, director of student services. "It was approved by our board of trustees, the superintendents the principals, everybody from top to bottom, parents are aware and they know that these things are definitely not allowed."
Starting on the first, it will be illegal for anyone under 21 to smoke or own tobacco products, including vapes. Last year, the FDA issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors. This was the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the agency's history.