LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Health officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with vaping, especially for teenagers.
“I think its obviously a national and local issue. You see it on the news, you can read about it,” said Kurt Stephens, assistant superintendent at Lufkin ISD.
In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said after alcohol, vaping is the second most common form of substance used among 8th, 10th and 12th graders.
“There are diseases and lung issues coming up that are just happening because of this that we’re seeing just recently come to light,” Stephens said.
Hoping to reduce and deter students from vaping, Lufkin ISD officials have partnered with The Coalition and are investing in a device called a Halo Smart Sensor.
“One of the things that we’re seeing with vape it is marketed towards younger people,” Stephens said.
Similar to a smoke alarm, the device detects flammables, hazardous chemicals, air quality changes which include vaping and THC.
“It’s a way to for us to regulate and know what’s going on in areas that we can’t regulate in the sense of security cameras,” Stephens said.
Unlike a traditional smoke alarm, there isn't any audible noise if vape is detected.
“It will notify whoever we have setup as an administrator in the system. So that can be through email, it can be through cell phone, it can be through a text, be through different means,” Stephens said.
Sharon Kruk with The Coalition said “We’ve done a great job of educating the public and our students about traditional tobacco, traditional cigarettes and our kids know to stay away from those products, but now the market has gotten a little craftier and they’ve come up with different way to attract different users to their products."
Lufkin school officials said the devices will be installed within the next few weeks.