MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — St. Luke’s Episcopal School hosted a presentation called “Dangers of Vaping” on Monday, September 30th.
Due to the popularity of the issue of vaping, St. Luke’s Episcopal School had medical professionals from Pulmonary Associates speak to students and parents. The meeting is required for all 9th-12th grade students. All parents and middle school students are encouraged to attend.
7th grade student Megan McDonough said, “I did not know that vapes exploded and that scares me a lot…If they really understood what could happen to them, they would stop.”
From students, to parents, just about everyone walked away knowing something new about how dangerous vaping can be. Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich is a parent of a St. Luke’s student. She said she has no involvement with the discussion, but is very happy it’s happening. She said, “If you don’t know what’s in it, it shouldn’t be ingested into your body.”
Even though she’s only in the seventh grade, McDonough said when it comes to vaping, older kids may not know better. She said, “I think that the people in middle school that i’m friends with know that vaping is bad because we have been experienced with our parents lecturing us because they watch the news and know that bad things have happened, but I feel like the high-schoolers don’t know it as much because their parents lecture them, but they don’t take it as seriously.”
But that does not mean vaping is not happening with younger students. Rich said, “We’re seeing as early as elementary and middle school young people beginning to vape.”
She said one of the biggest problems is how easy vapes are to get, and how deceiving they can be. She said, “It looks just like an apple watch and it is a vape.”
Rich said, “It’s illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to possess, vape. It’s illegal for any stores to sell to anyone under the age of 19.”
The event was held at St. Luke’s upper campus located at 1400 S University Boulevard in Mobile at 6:30 PM.