NEWTON (CBS) — The principal of Newton South High School is concerned about the growing number of students that are vaping with new, discrete devices at school.
Some e-cigarettes made the Juul are so small they can fit inside a sharpie or look like a thumb drive.
“The kids are always very ingenious about hiding things so I guess I’m not surprised,” said Stephanie Cogen, a Newton South parent.
Juul stresses that their alternative to cigarettes are still intended for users over 21, though that hasn’t stopped some.
“It’s a little bit bothersome just like especially in my ceramics class because that’s a place I go to be calm,” said Newton South senior Abby Bernstein.
Administrators at the school sent a letter home to parents hoping to start a conversation about how the e-cigarettes are banned at school and their overall danger.
According to WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall, “Not only can they release high levels of nicotine, which can be really addictive, but they can also release tiny particles and other chemicals that get into a child’s lungs.”
David Bershad is co-owner of Vape Daddy’s in Newton.
“The Juul has an incredibly high level of nicotine in it,” he said. One pod is the equivalent of a full pack of cigarettes.
He added that he is quick to send under-21 buyers out the door empty-handed.