The dangers of youth vaping and the high-tech solution schools are implementing

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With school starting up again, it’s important to be informed of the new dangers in vaping, and its popularity among school students.

Vaping hasn’t been around all that long and it’s been sold as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes; not true says the CDC.

There have been two Connecticut cases where people have been hospitalized from it joining the growing trend nationwide. They were hospitalized for shortness of breath, coughing, vomiting and fever after vaping. The State Health Department is teaming up with the CDC to look at long-term effects of e-cigarettes.

Also, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is trying to educate parents, teachers and faculty on the dangers of consuming nicotine and using vape products, and new ways of preventing students from vaping.

Dr. Alyssa Benett from CCMC said, “The way that these devices were marketed to teens is that they were cool and safe and high tech, and maybe they’ll help adults quit smoking.”

Youth vape users do not know how concentrated the oils are and even coming in contact with the oils on the skin can give users a nicotine high.

If too much of the vape oil comes in contact with the skin, it could lead to users suffering from nicotine toxicity, according to Dr. Trish Garcia at CCMC.

While educating students and parents and faculty is important, they also have to be able to stop it.

The bathrooms are the biggest problem. Some of the principles have actually shut down bathrooms. But now, they’re taking it to a new high-tech level. They’re putting detectors into the bathrooms that are so sophisticated, they can sense the vapor and immediately alert the principal.

“It is always analyzing air quality, and the second they recognize the vapor signature it will send it out virtually instantaneously,” Derek Peterson from FlySense explained.

The principal gets a text message or email and can be there when the students exit the bathroom. The device is made by FlySense. Last year, six Connecticut schools added the detectors. This year, that number has grown to 30 with more schools on the list to get them.


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