OZARK, Mo. — The Staff at Ozark High School was educated on Friday, about the health consequences of vaping.
According to the C-D-C, nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain — and the brain keeps developing until about age 25.
It’s a nationwide problem that Ozark High School is experiencing first hand — an increase in the number of incidents related to vaping, or inhaling the aerosol from an e-cigarette or Juul device.
Cox Health smoking cessation expert Jim Brawner, was the presenter of the session — which was designed to provide school staff with information on the health consequences of vaping — as well as give them the necessary tools to help students make wiser choices.
“The youth have been surveyed like they are every year. They take 8th, 10th and 12th graders,” said Brawner, “They surveyed 49-thousand of them. 63% of the youth that vape, don’t think there’s nicotine in e-cigarettes, or Juul.”
“Two years ago we had 7 students who committed tobacco violations,” said Jeremey Brownfield, Principal at Ozark High School, “Last year we had about 67. This year we’re already up to 47 and we’re only a fourth of the ay through the school year.”
Brawner says that in the month of September, the Juul device became 72 % of the e-cigarette market.
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