The most recent Monitoring the Future study found that more teenagers are using e-cigarettes than traditional tobacco cigarettes. This means that the likelihood of teenagers being caught with e-cigarette devices is much greater than it once was.
A drug paraphernalia offense carries a much stiffer punishment than being caught with tobacco. High school students caught with cigarettes usually face detention and a letter home, according to the article. Those caught with e-cigarettes that are viewed as drug paraphernalia often face long suspensions, drug tests, and can have possession of drug paraphernalia marked on their school record.
Schools that treat e-cigarette possession more severely can be found in:
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
“It definitely sparks conversation within the school community about e-cigarette use and the possible dangers and the possible benefits,” D’Annolfo said. “That conversation alone is a hugely important learning opportunity.”