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School police, municipal court see rise in teens vaping

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School police and municipal court see a rise in teens vaping (Source: KGBT)

As Trump Administration is making plans to ban flavored liquids for e-cigarettes, local police departments share what they have noticed since vaping has become so popular, especially amongst teens.

The Police Chief, Ricardo Perez Jr.  for the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, showed us the vapes and liquids for e-cigarettes from closed cases.

“There’s no ingredients stipulated in this bottle and people ingest it or they inhale it not knowing what chemical components [are] in there,” said Perez as he was referring to a bottle they confiscated.

Vaping on Edinburg school grounds is an issue Perez noticed in the last two years.

“But I do know some of these electronic items we’ve recovered have caused some serious health problems for some of our students,” said Perez. “As a result, they’re found to have THC oil that are in violation of the law.”

However, even the Mission Municipal Court is seeing a difference in their dockets.

“According to the courtrooms, there has been a rise in vaping cases since January 2018,” said Perez. “From 2018 to now, there been a total of 54 cases in regard to vaping on school grounds, minors in possession,” said Arturo Flores, Public Information Officer for Mission Police Department.

The increase has the Trump Administration looking into banning flavored e-cigarettes.

“I feel they do need to take these chemicals out of the streets,” said Flores.

Perez advises parents to be aware of their child’s decisions.

“Know what your kids are doing, if you have not tried something yourself, why would you allow your kids to do it?” said Perez.

If a minor is using a nicotine product, Perez said they will be prosecuted.

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