CT Schools use new technology to combat vaping

New Haven

Jonathan Law High School is using a new strategy to reduce vaping.

Principal Fran Thompson says, like in other schools, it has been a problem. Fran Thompson, principal at Jonathan Law High School said, “Jonathan Law is very typical of the high schools across Connecticut, and really across the country. We have students that are vaping and are becoming addicted to it. Though it’s a small number in terms of that, it is a growing epidemic.”

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At Jonathan Law, bathrooms were hot spots for vaping. 

Nicholas Hanna said, “You would always go into the bathroom and there would be a cloud of vape smoke.”

Thompson said they put a sign-in policy in place and closed some bathrooms to curb the problem. Thompson said, “For me the concern is the long term health effects. While it’s been going on for a while, it is relatively new and so there’s not a lot of long term studies yet, but you don’t have to be a scientist to know that this isn’t good.”

The high school is bringing in outside experts to educate students.

Hanna told NEWS8, “In school when you learn about it, it definitely turns people off through it, but they still have that habit that they have to kick.”

Some schools are trying to combat the problem with brand new technology. This high-tech device called Fly Sense can detect vaping in schools.

Derek Peterson with Soter Technologies said, “The device is always analyzing air quality and categorize billions of air particles per minute and in a second it recognizes a vaping signature it will send it our virtually instantaneously.”

Peterson said Fly Sense deters students from vaping in bathrooms and locker rooms. “We actually looked at various VOCs signatures in the air and when the device sees the vaping signature we then send the school or anybody on the subscriber list a text message and or an email message,” said Peterson. 

Thompson added, “Anytime you can have a system in place that will eliminate health risks like vaping, if it’s cost effective then I think it makes a lot of sense.”

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