BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Byron Center High School will hold vaping presentations for students and the community on Thursday. The presentations are intended to bring more awareness around the topic and the effects it has among teenagers.
School officials around the U.S. are struggling to control an explosion of vaping among high school and middle school students. There’s a fear that the devices are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.
“Vaping has become really popular and I don’t know that students truly understand the dangers, nor do they understand the addiction that can happen so quickly,” said Byron Center High School Principal Scott Joseph.
Joseph said he IS trying his best to prevent it from happening on his school grounds.
“We’re not trying to ruin a kid’s life were trying to help them long-term and sometimes teenagers don’t see that,” said Joseph. “They see it as rules, they see it as we’re trying to ruin their life, and really we’re just trying to protect them.”
David Stults, a man diagnosed with Bronchiolitis Obliterans, otherwise known as “Popcorn Lung” in 2010 will be at the presentation to speak to students.
Stults and Dr. Shelley Schmidt, a pulmonologist, will be at the second presentation to speak and answer any questions the community might have. The presenters will talk about the vaping device, the dangers and what it can do to you long term. Joseph said it’s a way to get the conversation going.
“Ask some questions (talking to parents), I really want to push the parents to dig deep,” said Joseph. “My poor kids, you know I’m always looking for what might be happening but it’s because we care.”
The first presentation will be for students only at Byron Center High School from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The second presentation will take place at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center, located at 8500 Burlingame Avenue SW in Byron Center from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The second presentation is free and open to the public.
For more information on the vaping presentations, call Byron Center High School at 616-878-6600.