Kansas hopes lessons stem vaping ‘epidemic’


State News

June 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Like prior anti-smoking campaigns in schools, anti-vaping campaigns will try to make electronic cigarettes uncool. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/KCUR.ORG

Vaping at Kansas schools is reaching epidemic proportions, prompting the Kansas State Board of Education to launch a concerted campaign against it.

“This thing hit us like a tsunami,” said Jeff Hersh, assistant superintendent at Goddard Public Schools. “Quite honestly it’s very alarming.”

In the most recent health risk survey of Kansas students, conducted in 2017, a third said they had tried electronic cigarettes. Nationally, vaping among high school seniors nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018, from 11% to over 21% according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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