Parents learn about the signs of vaping

first_imgAccording to the Broome County Health Department, vaping among high school students has increased by 78 percent, and that’s just in the past year. By encouraging parents to take an active role in their child’s life, health officials hope to see that number decrease. If you are looking for more information on the impact of teenage vaping, check out Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga, a Broome County Health Department partnership with local, tobacco-free organizations. With new smoking technologies, parents and officials admit it can be difficult to tell what’s innocent, and what is not. ENDWELL (WBNG) — Parents at Maine-Endwell Middle School are learning about the impacts of vaping and what to look out for if they suspect their child vapes. “If they know what to look for, and if they know what these devices look like, then it’ll be easier for them to help their child get resources, or help them quit, or help them not even start,” said Broome County Health Department Public Educator Beth Smalt. In the bedroom, parents found dozens of vaping devices, disguised as average, everyday items. A safe, hidden within a book, and a dab pen mixed in a literal jar of pens were just a few of the items. At an interactive event, parents were able to sift through a makeshift teenager bedroom, all to find evidence of vaping. “Now, cigarettes have kind of transformed into vaping, and we need to be there to help educate people,” said Jason Shaw, a member of the Broome County Legislature. “It is an epidemic. The ride in e-cigarettes and vaping has risen dramatically. It’s difficult for parents and school officials to detect and be aware of,” said Maine-Endwell CSD Superintendent Jason Van Fossen. last_img read more