Fairhope to start issuing tickets for teen vaping

Baldwin County

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — Teachers and school resources are trying to stop what has been deemed an epidemic, and Fairhope officials think they may have the answer.

If you’re caught vaping at school, you’re not just going to get a detention, suspended, or a note home – you’re going to get a ticket. And a parent has to take you to court.

Fairhope Police, along with high school principal Jon Cardwell, hope the official citations deter students, and help get parents more involved in the process.

“When a parent is going to have have to take their child to municipal court, they’ll have to do it once, and then they’ll get very involved, because they won’t want to have to do that again,” said Cardwell.

The tickets will run $10-50.

Fairhope High School Resource Officer David Miller thinks the epidemic all boils down to a timeless message.

“Don’t try to be with the crowd. Be the leader of not doing the wrong thing. Be the leader of doing the right thing,” he said.

Previously, JUUL has issued to following statement to News 5 regarding teen use:

“JUUL Labs shares a common goal with policy makers, regulators, parents, school officials, and community stakeholders – preventing youth from initiating on nicotine. We are committed to preventing youth access of JUUL products, and no young person or non-nicotine user should ever try JUUL. We cannot fulfill our mission to provide the world’s one billion adult smokers with a true alternative to combustible cigarettes if youth use continues unabated. As we said before, our intent was never to have youth use JUUL products. We have taken dramatic action to contribute to solve this problem, which is why we implemented the JUULLabs Action Plan to address underage use of JUUL products. 
“We suspended the distribution of certain flavored JUULpods to traditional retail stores as of November 17, 2018, strengthened the age verification of our industry leading site, eliminated our Facebook and Instagram accounts, and are developing new technology to further limit youth access and use. We are committed to working with lawmakers, the Surgeon General, FDA, state Attorneys General, local municipalities, and community organizations as a transparent and responsible partner in this effort.”

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