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Students Caught Smoking E-Cigarettes in Class

KETTERING -- Students are facing consequences after being caught smoking e-cigarettes in Fairmont High School classrooms.

"That's a new problem because there's no odor," said Fairmont High School Principal Dan Vonhandorf, "It was a surprise. I mean things like that just don't happen here at Fairmont High School," he said.

E-cigarettes work by turning liquid nicotine into vapor.
They are so new that the FDA (link) doesn't have a full grasp on their health effects.

Vonhandorf says that's why teens don't see them as being harmful.

"It was a big eye opener for our students" he said, "They feel like e-cigarettes are a lot less of a problem- they think it's a lot healthier for them."

"I think teens look at it that way," said Kettering parent Beth Hawk, "But anything that's addictive is addictive at any age."

Ohio law makes it illegal for anyone to have tobacco products on school property regardless of the legal purchase age.
Fairmont High School is one of many Miami Valley Schools to start including the tobacco-less e-cigarettes into their school tobacco policies.

"These are new things and so we are reviewing school policies and reviewing our handbook and reviewing our education policies to help kids make good choices," Vonhandorf said.
     
"I don't think they should be doing that in school," said Kettering resident Devan Benda.

"I still think they should have the same punishment as if it was a regular cigarette," said Jennifer Phipps, a Fairmont parent.

Vonhandorf reported that if caught with an e-cigarette in class a first offense is likely to result in the student having to take a tobacco awareness and education class. A second offense is likely to result in suspension.

 
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