Increase in Vaping among Teens


Bek Dunlap

Lafayette High School

Taylor Hanley

Vaping is becoming really popular among teens. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that students are teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. It is estimated that 2 million U.S teens are vaping now. Administrators at Lafayette High report that referrals for students vaping or confiscating vaping paraphenalia  has increased about 45% since last year.

Despite our school being a tobacco-free zone, pods, juuls, and other tobacco products are still being sneaked into school. Lafayette is hoping by the end of this school year or before next school year that no more students will be juuling or have any juuls. Also, Lafayette has made multiple consequences to those that are caught juuiling and or kids who are caught with a juul or anything related to that. The consequences can vary from taking a cessation course, confiscating the devices, and being assigned to SAFE. Repeat offenders may also be suspended.

Most teens don’t realize that vaping is harmful to them. “Vaping is more harmful and addictive more than people say so”, Hanna Huntzinger, a freshman student at Lafayette explained. Teens might not believe it but vaping is just as addictive as any other drug.

Lafayette 100% absolutely does not want its student to vape.  Currently, the administration want to create an educational program that helps teens understand the danger of vaping. The principals report that they want to go beyond giving students consequences for breaking the no tobacco rule, they want students to quit vaping to improve their quality of life.