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.

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