Our Lady Star of the Sea students learn about vaping’s dangers at assembly
In 2019, 27.4% of high school students admit to vaping at least once, up from 1.5% in 2011. For middle schoolers, it’s 10.5% in 2019, up from 0.6% in 2011, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Furthermore, 11.7% of 12th graders reported themselves as daily vapers, far surpassing 2.4% of the same age group who smoke cigarettes.
Noah Locke, a community health educator with CARE of Southeastern Michigan, visited Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Grosse Pointe Farms on Feb. 4 to shatter the myth that vaping is a “safe alternative” to smoking.
“Why do people in your age group starting vaping? Because they think it’s safer than cigarettes,” Locke told the assembly of fifth through eighth graders. “It’s a bad day fix, a short-term healer. When you are having a bad day, instead of talking it out with friends, it’s a short-term healer that doesn’t fix problems.”