PIQUA — There is a new epidemic among high school students. As cigarettes have decreased in popularity, vaping is now becoming a cigarette replacement. According to Google Dictionary, vaping is “the act or practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electric cigarette or a similar device.”
Piqua High School recently hung up new signs in bathrooms expressing any student caught vaping on school property will be charged. The PHS Student Handbook states: “No student is permitted to smoke, possess, or use tobacco products/ paraphernalia at any time on school premises or at school sponsored events. Smoking is not permitted in school buildings or anywhere on school property. This includes e-vapes and e-cigarettes.”
Principle Rob Messick commented, “We have started pressing underage tobacco charges with the juvenile court if the student has a history of vaping in school.” Many times nicotine is an ingredient in vape juices. Nicotine is considered to be a drug, and PHS is a Drug-Free School. The school policy on drugs is in compliance with federal law, stating possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds is prohibited.
The student handbook says any student who violates the policy will be subject to disciplinary action as specified in the student handbook.