PYLUSD has announced that it will be installing “vape detectors” at all high schools this year.
Esperanza High School Principal, Mrs. Gina Aguilar, in an interview with the Matador Messenger stated, “̈The district decided to put vape detectors in high school bathrooms due to the extreme amount of concerns expressed by students, parents and school administrators about the ongoing vaping issues.”
Mrs. Aguilar stated that the installations were necessary as “Most of our students are uncomfortable with the fact that this behavior goes on and we want them to feel safe and comfortable on campus.” I hope the vape detectors are a deterrent and make students think twice about deciding on vape on campus.”
It was once thought that vaping was an easier way to stop adults from smoking, but scientific studies show that only 10% of nearly 1,000 former smokers who used vaping to help quit were successful in doing so, physiciansweekly.com states.
The sweet flavors that come with the product attract kids and teens who probably got hooked on one of the flavors. Vaping is especially bad for your health but most people who vape don’t know how the product changes them physically and mentally, hopikinsmedicine.org shares.
The some of the effects of vaping are impulsivity, anxiety, mood swings, learning difficulties,, as USA Today states. Nicotine is addictive because it releases Dopamine in the brain, a chemical that that makes humans “happy”; this is why people who vape want to continue to vape, reports kidshealth.org.
Nicotine is a toxic substance that raises blood pressure as well as “spiking” or increasing adrenaline levels and as a result increasing a user’s heart rate. People with increased heart rates over time are at a much higher risk of damage to the heart and even a heart attack, sciencedaily.com acknowledged.
Vaping can also cause depression which can lead to suicidal thoughts. Teens in middle school through high school are particularly prone to depression caused by vaping because their brains are still developing. Teens who vape may become more easily addicted to other harmful substances.
Psycom, reports that, “Early addiction to nicotine can cause the brain to remodel, changing the threshold for addiction to substances. This makes teens more likely to habituate to nicotine, drugs, and/or alcohol.”
Yale Medicine states that in 2018 the ” U.S. Surgeon General’s office began the work of awareness when the nation’s doctor, Jerome Adams, MD, issued a warning that vaping among youth has reached epidemic levels.”
According to the latest “National Youth Tobacco Study” conducted nationwide ” More than 3.6 million middle and high school students currently use e-cigarettes, according to the Another national study last year found that 11 percent of high school seniors, 8 percent of 10th-graders, and 3.5 percent of eighth-graders vaped with nicotine during a previous one month period.
Slowing or stopping the teen vaping trend may be one effect of vape detectors being placed in high school restrooms. “I hope the vape detectors are a deterrent and make students think twice about deciding on vape on campus,” concluded Aguilar.