Dothan City Schools warning parents of vaping trend among teens


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Lately, a growing concern among schools and health experts has been e-cigarettes’ among children.

When e-cigarette JUUL hit the market experts said it became a sensation among kids, that’s when vaping started occurring more.

Dothan City Schools have seen an uptick and they have been trying to bring awareness of the danger.

“We are looking at trying to get information to our students about what it is inside of these vapes that they are putting into their bodies that could be dangerous,” COO Scott Faulk said.

Earlier this year, Alabama raised the minimum age to buy e-cigarettes to 21, yet millions of teenagers, even middle schoolers have access to e-cigarettes and vape,” Faulk said.

“Vape using and the purchasing of it that the community needs to have a say so in because, how are these underage children getting these vape pens,” Faulk said.

Some students get these products by using fake IDs or having an older friend buy them, which is why Dothan City Schools want parents and the community involved, having conversations with kids about what they’re putting into their bodies.

“The nicotine product that is in those electronic cigarettes and it can become habit-forming and again that is a poor habit to have at a teenage age,” Faulk said.

Health experts warn that smoking these products is addictive — and bad for your heart and lungs.

That’s a message Dothan City Schools would like more teenagers to hear.

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