Local schools increasing education on the dangers of vaping

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CORNING, N.Y. (WETM) – Corning-Painted Post Area School District, in a letter addressed to parents back in April, explained a detailed plan to cut down students vaping. They said that a significant increase of incidents of students vaping was the cause to the new initiative, siting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistic that 1 in 4 middle and high school students use vaping products.

In that letter they go on to explain some of implementations that they will be doing to cut down on vaping including:

  • Installation of sensors in bathrooms at the secondary level immediately.
  • Utilization of hand held security wands to aid in search procedures.
  • Mandatory educational opportunities for students who utilize these devices.
  • Immediate in-school or out-of-school suspension.
  • Suspension from extra-curricular activities.
  • In-house and community counseling services for those experiencing dependency.

18 News has learned that the installation of the detectors is an ongoing process and plan to begin testing and training staff on them very soon.

Corning-Painted Post Area Schools were ahead of the Steuben County Public Health officials, who last week released a statement urging residents to stop using e-cigarettes and vaping products immediately.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, earlier this week, put out a call for a ban on flavored e-cigarettes. In announcing the action, Cuomo sharply criticized the flavors that are for sale, like bubble gum and cotton candy, as being “obviously targeted” to young people.

Some Central New York State schools have already increased their education on the dangers of vaping. This being ahead of a state mandate that vaping education be added to central school district lesson plans. North Syracuse Central School District is using morning announcements along with health and science classes to remind students the dangers of vaping.

According to WSYR, the district also revamped its punishment for students who are caught vaping. Instead of a three-day suspension, offending students have the choice to take a three-day counseling session and crash course in vaping education.

Horseheads School administrators have told 18 News that they have looked into vaping detectors and have increased communication with students on the dangers of vaping. They have increased the coverage of vaping in health classes. They are also monitoring bathrooms more, looking for students vaping.

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