By Maggie Sockwell
Vaping or the use of an e-cigarette has increased nationwide among teens with 3,500 youth starting each day, according to the American Heart Association. Vape devices come in many different sizes, shapes and in a variety of flavors and strengths of nicotine which make them more enticing to teenagers. Since the health risks are still unknown teenagers feel this is a way to smoke without the stigma of smoking a cigarette and no “smell”.
Parke Heritage High School is working hard to curb the use by its students. Bruce Patton, Principal at Parke Heritage High School, recalled an incident last year during school, when a student used an e-cigarette laced with fentanyl and ended up leaving on a stretcher. Also, a noticeable increase of use among other students, brought the use of these devices to the forefront for the staff.
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