Student Vaping at an All Time High


Ivana Medina

Throughout the year, some of Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School scholars have been caught vaping in school.

Vaping has become a problem all around the country for younger people. As this generation has grown up, they’ve been surrounded with technology and social media, which has affected and influenced them. It could give young people resources they need to get e-cigarettes or other drugs. “Social media is not in our jurisdiction so parents and police get involved,” says Mrs. Ortiz, the Dean of Students. Usually, the administration can do something about behavior issues, but when it comes to social media activity that isn’t directly connected to something that happens in school, they can’t. 

In school, students have been caught passing around vape pens in the bathrooms, classes and in the hallways. Mrs. Jenkins explained that, to stop students from using e-cigarettes in the bathroom, they will be installing detectors. With teacher shortages there have been substitutes almost every day. Subs fill an important need, but they usually don’t know students as well, making it harder for them to notice when students might be vaping. 

According to a National Youth Tobacco Survey from 2019, 4.7% of middle school students have tried e-cigarettes. In addition, many companies selling e-cigarettes use marketing tactics aimed at young people, through advertisements and special flavors as well.  

If a student is caught vaping in school they can get suspended for five days. Furthermore, if a student is selling e-cigarettes to others, whether on Instagram or in real life, that’s where parents and police can get involved. Another consequence could be community service for students that are caught. 

If you need help quitting text “DITCHVAPE” to 88709