(Can We) Stop Teenagers from Vaping in School (?)

What is Vaping?

A Vape is a device that heats liquids into a vapor form so that they can be inhaled. The liquid inside the vape can consist of Nicotine, THC, or CBD. Vapes are filled with unknown harmful chemicals that can cause damage and irritation to the lungs.

More Young Teenagers Are Vaping in Schools Than Ever

All around the United States schools are running into the same issue, young students vaping on school property. From California to Maine, schools have been trying every way possible to stop students from vaping on school property. Some approaches to stop vaping in schools have gone as far as taking the bathroom door off stalls, placing fines on people, or suspension for anyone seen with a vape device. Even with some of these new “tricks,” there are still issues with monitoring the use of vapes. Not to mention many of the solutions spoken about can violate many privacy issues. Although the FDA, has worked to prohibit the sale of vapes containing flavor that would attract young kids, one study says that 28 percent of high schoolers are vaping, and 11 percent of middle schoolers, totaling about 2 million teens in the United States. With Verkadas Vape sensor solution, bathroom stall doors can stay on, cameras can stay out of locker rooms and bathroom, and vaping can be regulated without imposing on people's privacy.

Verkada’s Sensors Can Stop Students from Vaping in School

Verkada’s cloud-based sensors can detect any sign of any vaping or smoking activity. It is an all-in-one sensor that can monitor environmental changes, such as air quality, temperature, humidity, motion, and noise. For areas that are sensitive, such as in bathrooms or locker rooms, users can opt out of having a camera associated with the environmental sensor. You can manage Verkada sensors through the web-based Command Platform. This allows schools and other smoke free facilities to monitor vaping and smoking behavior from Command Platform using Verkada’s Vape Index, making it easy to conduct investigations and implement deterrence measures.

What You Can Manage with your Verkada Sensor:

  • Customize the data displayed for each SV11 sensor
  • Set alerts based on user-defined thresholds for each data stream
  • Configure notification recipients and scheduling
  • Filter data by sensor, date, and time

Why use Verkada Environmental Sensors?

Verkada created recommended sensor value ranges based on data from the Environments Protection Agency (EPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). With this they were able to make color coded sensors that are aligned to these government and industry standards for healthy indoor environments.

A Safer Learning Environment for Students

Ensuring that students and children are in a safe and healthy learning environment will always be a top priority. Vaping is not only harmful to the students participating but also may leave other students around them distracted. With this new problem arising for education systems to manage, it is exciting to provide a solution that can ease the pressure put on faculty and staff to stop it. With environmental sensor technology, students will be less likely to use vapes and become exposed to harmful temptations at school.

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