FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Vaping is a growing trend among young people in Kentucky and that’s causing a growing concern among health experts.
One study says the number of middle and high school students in the state who are vaping has doubled in the past two years.
The Franklin County High School principal says at least once a week he’s dealing with a problem that relates to vaping. He says students are doing it in the bathroom and the classroom.
“It’s kind of hard to catch especially as the vapes get smaller,” said Charles Lewis, Principal.
The CEO of the ‘Foundation for a Healthy KY’ says in some cases, kids are using as many as eight pods a day and each pod is equivalent to one pack of cigarettes.
“These vapes are full of nicotine and nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man,” said Ben Chandler, CEO.
Franklin County Public Schools and many others do not allow tobacco products including vaping on school property.
The school safety coordinator in Franklin County says if a student is caught vaping, the consequence is in school suspension and if it happens again the consequences get worse.
“Talk to your kids and make sure that they know it’s not a healthy alternative to tobacco and just stay involved,” said Lewis.
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