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Resource officers working to combat e-cigarette use in schools

The use of E-Cigarette type devices is becoming an issue in the Tippecanoe School Corporation.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2019 10:14 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2019 10:15 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The use of e-cigarette type devices is becoming an issue in the Tippecanoe School Corporation.
School resource officers from the Sheriff's Department are working to combat the problem through education.

You've probably heard of E-Cigarettes before, but what about dabbing, vaping or juuling? These types of devices are meant to be used by people 18 and older.

However the demographic that seems to be most drawn to them is a much younger.

"Juuling has become very popular with the middle school and the high school," said Deputy Rob Rush who is also a resource officer in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. 

Sometimes it's easy to catch them in the act.

"Kids are now trying to challenge each other to use them in class or go into the bathroom and they are taking pictures of themselves using it and sticking it on their Snapchat or Instagram pages," said Rush/ 

However parents like Diane Makadok said if you don't know what you're looking for, the devices can be easy to miss.

"I just knew it was going to be the thumb drive look for the Juul device and that's I don't know that most teachers would know the difference," said Makadok. 

Rush said that's why deputies are working hard to educate staff and parents.

"The smoking vaping tools, things like that are much more discrete they look like pens they look like thumb drives and if you're not educated on what it is and if the teacher doesn't know what they are looking for they are just going to think it's a thumb drive," said Rush. 

Makadok thinks education is always a good approach.

"It's there and I think we have to be accountable to our families and students."

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