Suspensions And At Least One Hospitalization Precede Crack Down On Vape Use At Westhampton Beach High School –

Nov 8, 2017 1:35 PM

After multiple suspensions and at least one hospitalization, Westhampton Beach High School officials are cracking down on e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

The small, odorless devices—readily available at many vape stores—can be filled with nicotine or THC oil, a super-concentrated dose of the primary ingredient in marijuana.

E-cigarettes pose a double threat, as they are difficult to detect and come with a bounty of potential health risks, many of which young users are unaware.

“It’s a big problem in my school,” said Johnny Giraldo, a junior at Westhampton Beach High School, after classes ended on Monday afternoon. “A few weeks ago, someone had a wax pen with the THC extract, and they took a bit of that, and then an e-cigarette with nicotine, and they got nicotine poisoning and started having seizures in class and felt like throwing up.

“My brother was in a class and witnessed it,” he continued. “They had to call the ambulance.”

Christopher Herr, principal of Westhampton Beach High School, would not confirm the incident described by the student, offering only that school officials do

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