Columbus Public Health teaches educators to approach topic of vaping with students

This Tuesday, April 10, 2018 file photo shows vaping devices, including a Juul, center, that were confiscated from students at a high school in Marshfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Weeks before students are scheduled to report to class, local educators and community outreach leaders are meeting to learn ways to approach the topic of vaping.

The train-the-trainer seminar hosted by Columbus Public Health was an opportunity for those who deal with students to learn more about vaping.

“We do know students are vaping in school. They are vaping in the bathroom, they are vaping in class, they can hide it sometimes in their sleeves,” said Elizabeth De Luca-Kontchou with Columbus Public Health.

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In addition to learning vape basics — like how the devices contain more than just water and often contain the addictive chemical nicotine — educators are advised to have frank and honest conversation with students.

‘Have a conversation about marketing tactics have a conversation about what vaping can do to your body — that it’s not just water vapor.”

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