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Massachusetts high school cracks down on bathroom vaping

February 5, 2019

CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts high school is testing out new devices that will help administrators determine whether students are using vaping products in the restrooms.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton plans to buy four devices at a cost of $990 each. If they work, they will go in all 10 student restrooms.

The devices mount to a ceiling to detect vaping without compromising privacy. A real-time alert is sent to an administrator’s mobile device or computer.

Daniel McGowan, Bay Path’s dean of students, says a 2017 study found that more than 41 percent of high schoolers in Massachusetts have tried vaping, and 20 percent are vaping regularly.

Vaping devices are an alternative to tobacco products.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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