Kids saying no to cigarettes, yes to vaping. And new devices are making it easy to vape in school – The Columbus Dispatch

JoAnne Viviano The Columbus Dispatch @JoAnneViviano

High school administrators across central Ohio are increasingly warning parents about the newest trend in teen smoking.

Battery-powered vaporizers, also referred to as vapes or e-cigarettes, allow youngsters to inhale vapors from nicotine mixed with liquids in flavors such as bubblegum, cookies-and-cream or Mountain Dew. They also can be used to inhale marijuana and other drugs.

In Ohio, it’s illegal for unaccompanied minors to use or possess the devices, and middle and high schools across the state have been updating tobacco policies to prohibit use on school property.

At Licking Valley High School in Newark, Principal Wes Weaver said confiscations of e-cigarettes have grown from about two or three a year to at least a couple a month.

“We’ve seen a marked increase in students who are using those or possessing those at school,” he said. “It’s just everywhere.”

This month, Granville High School principal Matt Durst used a weekly newsletter to tell parents specifically about the Juul brand of e-cigarette, which looks like a USB storage device and can be charged by plugging it

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