RFA using prevention education to stop students from vaping

Rome Free Academy is trying to combat vaping among youth and this years approach is prevention education.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 6:29 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 9:55 PM

ROME, N.Y. - Rome Free Academy is trying to combat vaping among youth and this years approach is prevention education.

"We've seen more of an impact educating our kids than just always throwing out consequences and discipline," Rome Free Academy Principal Brian LeBaron said.

LeBaron says educating students started early this with an orientation before school started.

"We did a nice orientation before school started, we talked also about it the other day with all of our classes 9-12 and just discussed quickly some of the things that are in the vape in terms of the high concentration of nicotine and how that might have some ill effects down the road," Lebaron said. "Kids can be a little fickle, if they see its harmful and they see things and statistics and damages, we'll get some kids that wont do it any longer."

The Upstate New York Poison Center says one in five high school students admitted to vaping and one in 20 middle school students admitted to vaping.

LeBaron says this issue goes beyond just school rules, its about keeping the students healthy and safe.

"A school like ours, a city school with 1,600 kids, we're concerns about them and their health and their metal and emotional stability," LeBaron said.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 607001

Reported Deaths: 34362
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens866847343
Kings855617489
Bronx616175030
Nassau574892244
Suffolk573662036
Westchester476321502
New York429813222
Erie21873762
Richmond214321119
Rockland20824692
Orange16093517
Monroe13054313
Onondaga9470222
Dutchess6811185
Albany5233148
Broome4983135
Oneida4292146
Niagara3261103
Ulster310998
Chemung272432
Putnam252964
Schenectady218955
Sullivan210848
Saratoga200619
Steuben161087
Rensselaer155450
Chautauqua141416
Oswego13026
Ontario113537
Tioga105548
Wayne98312
Columbia97056
Tompkins9530
Cattaraugus91924
Cortland9131
Allegany86952
Madison83618
Genesee8198
Cayuga7627
St. Lawrence7059
Greene64618
Livingston6248
Herkimer60312
Chenango58310
Orleans58156
Otsego5528
Warren54735
Fulton46128
Jefferson4573
Washington43314
Clinton4305
Wyoming4305
Montgomery41312
Delaware3199
Lewis3159
Schuyler2743
Seneca2605
Essex25214
Franklin2436
Yates2427
Schoharie1762
Hamilton401
Out of NY0120
Unassigned017
Utica
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 37°
Oneonta
Scattered Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 34°
Herkimer
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Thendara
Few Clouds
42° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 37°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Stuff the Bus Locations
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve