WHITESBORO -- Officials with the Whitesboro Central School District are making sure students and parents are aware of the dangers of e-cigarettes.
The school district held a community night discussing how they plan to stop vaping in their schools. Superintendent Brian Bellair says vaping is an issue happening in their schools. He announced that the school district has secured a grant for devices that will help school officials detect when students are vaping.
Vaping refers to using a handheld electronic device that mimics the feeling of smoking. Vaping is also known as using e-cigarettes or JUULS, and contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.
Bellair says the school district will place 50 devices in its middle and high schools, which is where they deal with vaping the most.
"When vaping first came out it really was marketed as a way for people to quit smoking so, people perceived it as something that was safer and we know more now about it,” Bellair said. “We know that when people engage in certain addictions, they’re more likely to become addicted to other substances. So, one addiction certainly can lead to another, and the fact that the concentration of nicotine is so high makes it a much more highly addictive form of smoking."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth.
Bellair says the vaping detectors will be put in places that are hard to monitor, such as bathrooms and locker rooms. He says the detectors have been ordered and the school plans to have them installed in the next 4-6 weeks. Students will be notified about the detectors in hopes of decreasing the use of e-cigarettes in school.