Similar to school leaders nationwide, officials in McHenry High School District 156 are sounding the alarm on the growing use of e-cigarettes – or vaping – by teens.
In the first semester of this school year, there have been 36 incidents of administrators confiscating vaping materials at McHenry High School – West Campus, compared with 18 during the entire 2017-18 school year.
To help educate high school and middle school families, district administrators are hosting a community meeting March 14 featuring experts in health care, addiction recovery and law enforcement. The idea is to arm adults with the facts about the dangers of teen vaping.
Representatives from the McHenry Police Department, Northwestern Medicine and Rosecrance were invited to talk about the health effects, addiction risk and legal implications for minors. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. March 14 in the auditorium of McHenry High School – West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls it an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use, estimating that teen vaping has increased by more than 75 percent from 2017 to 2018 to an estimated 3.6 million students.
The meeting is hosted in cooperation with local middle schools and is free and open to the public.
In addition to organizing the community meeting, district administrators are providing a variety of educational programs for teachers and students.