Local school takes proactive approach to increased e-cigs, vape products

March 13, 2019 05:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – A local school is taking a proactive approach when it comes to an increased use of e-cigarettes and vape products by high school students.

Allendale Columbia School has an ongoing educational program for parents; tackling tough topics ranging from online awareness to environmental issues.

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The latest program will focus on vaping; with the Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey showing an increase in vaping use by middle and high school students.

"We're not doing this because we have a particular concern with our kids or our campus, it is just a societal thing that is relatively new. Use is increasing rapidly among teens and the devices don't look like cigarettes," explained Head of School Mick Gee.

His school is partnering up with the American Lung Association, training teachers and now parents.

"We have someone bringing in devices so parents are aware of what these look like. We did that for teachers, too. I think anytime something has the potential to be in classrooms, we want to make teachers aware, too," shared Gee.

The educational session will be held on Tuesday, March 26 and is open to the public. It will include a room simulation to help parents visually see what to look out for.

A representative with the American Lung Association will also be present to lead a discussion with parents.

Click here to register. 


Stephanie Robusto

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