PERRY VILLAGE, Ohio-- Police and school officials in one Lake County community are working together to stop teen vaping.
The use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices has become so common among minors that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers it an epidemic. While many tout the devices as being less harmful than traditional tobacco products, experts worry about the effects on how teens' brains develop.
After noticing an increase in vaping activity, school administrators met with police and decided that something needed to be done to deter students from vaping.
“As we learn more and more about vaping and the harmful effects of what it can do...it’s a real concern,” said Superintendent Jack Thompson.
On Thursday, Perry High School said any student found possessing, using, purchasing or receiving a vape or similar product will be cited by the Perry Village Police Department. It carries a $170 fine, as well as other disciplinary measures from the school.
The school district notified parents and has posted flyers across campus including in the bathrooms and locker rooms.
Superintendent Thompson says, the policy actually isn’t new and that this is a courtesy reminder about a longstanding policy in the district.
“It’s always been our policy that when a student gets caught with tobacco, or cigarettes or now e-cigarettes or vaping tools we’re going to refer them to the police,” said Thompson.
So far parents have been overwhelmingly supportive.
This is similar to an ordinance in North Olmsted. City council made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess or use any e-cig or vaping device. Violations come with a $100 fine.