CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Electronic cigarettes and pods by Juul, the nation's largest maker of vaping products, are offered for sale at the Smoke Depot on September 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered e-cigarette product makers to devise a plan to keep their devices away from minors, declaring use by teens has reached an "epidemic proportion". (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
E-cigarettes like those made by the popular company Juul [Jewel] have found their way into the hands of high-schoolers.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Ozark High School says the number of students involved in tobacco-related incidents has increased rapidly from the 2016-17 to the 2017-18 school year, going from ten students to 71.
National data suggests that teens are ditching cigarettes for their electronic counterparts due to advertising. According to the CDC, just over 1 in 10 students across the nation reported using e-cigarettes in 2017, while the National Institute on Drug Abuse says that 7 in 10 teens are exposed to e-cigarette advertising.
The News-Leader says in reaction to this latest information, Springfield Public Schools, which saw tobacco-related incidents more than double over the last year, is partnering with the local health department to communicate the risks associated with vaping nicotine use.