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Schools Across the Country Are Installing Vape Detectors to Sniff Out Students
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For public school administrators, the 21st century vaping problem has come with a 21st century deterrent: specially calibrated vapor detectors.
Published on October 9, 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard that high schools are having a hard time dealing with teenage vapers. Whether it's creme brulee flavored Juul pods or black market Dank Vapes, teens are puffing vape pens everywhere they can. But even as more and more young people are getting afflicted with the “mysterious vaping illness,” and parents routinely lament big tobacco-style advertising targeted at teens, the vape trend is showing no signs of slowing down. 

For public school administrators though, the 21st century problem has come with a 21st century deterrent: specially calibrated vapor detectors.

In the most drastic attempt to stop in-school vaping, a high school in Lauderdale County Alabama announced last month that they had removed bathroom stall doors in an effort to push vapers out of hiding. But while that policy may have put a halt to vape plumes, it could also cause a whole host of other privacy problems for a school full of pubescent teens.

Lung damage due to tainted vape consumption has already sent more than one thousand Americans to the hospital and killed more than a dozen. In states like Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and others, legislators and health officials have reacted by banning some or all vape products, typically flavored e-juice. but it is not yet clear if those actions will help curtail the issue, or simply push more users to purchase potentially dangerous black market knock-offs.

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Zach Harris is a writer based in Philadelphia whose work has appeared on Noisey, First We Feast, and Jenkem Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @10000youtubes complaining about NBA referees.
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