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School district educates parents and students on vaping

Posted: 1:04 AM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 05:04:07Z

WHITELAND — Another school district is taking steps to educate parents and students about e-cigarettes and prevent vaping.

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared vaping a national epidemic among teens. On Wednesday, Clark-Pleasant Community Schools hosted a community meeting to discuss the issue.

Tom Zobel, principal of Whiteland Community High School, said it's a learning process for educators.

"We learn every week something new, a new trick, a new technique, a new type of device, a new type of substance they can put in these devices," Zobel said. "We're actually just learning on the fly, just trying to catch up, just like everybody else is."

Carmel-Clay schools recently launched a program called "Catch My Breath." Junior high and high school students take four mandatory courses in their health classes to learn what e-cigarette products look like, the toxic chemicals in them and how to just say no.