Anti-vaping policies, video aims to educate

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photo or infographic by Ava Hardin

ATTACK THE PROBLEM. The new push to catch and punish students who vape on campus hopes to help students make smarter decisions when it comes to vaping.

Students travel the halls with clouded minds and clouds of smoke littering their educational setting. All classes watch a video created by student in the WHS LIVE program on Jan. 5 in Wildkat Way. The video, first released in December to students via email, includes student responses to vaping-related questions.

Students who saw the video are keen on pointing out the ineffective nature of the anti-vaping advocacy.

“I think the video had predictable answers, but it showed that admin is recognizing that there is a problem with vaping on campus,” senior Addison Williams said. “I don’t think it necessarily did anything to prevent it from happening more often, but it might be able to make a small change later on. It just won’t be as big of a change as the administration is hoping for.”

Vaping is an issue affecting a wide range of students across the campus, and even those who were involved in the video have more to add to the conversation.

“Vaping can damage and shrink your lungs as well as form plaque around your heart and it causes acne,” junior Madalyn Fogleman said. “I think students are well aware of the consequences and they just don’t care. They have autonomy over their body and what they choose to ingest, but we can try to give them resources and information to make them stop doing it.”

Students involved in the video weren’t too fond of the production and feel like the administration’s efforts will be fruitless moving forward.

“I really only did it because of peer pressure,  and it made me kind of embarrassed,” junior Sierra Wolf said. “I feel like this is just going to be another thing that gets swept under the rug, like we’ll talk about it for a week and move on.”

Despite this, faculty who were involved in the production have high hopes for the future of the school in the face of this vaping epidemic.

“I think the video had a positive impact and that it made a lot of students aware of the consequences that come along with vaping,” media technology teacher Jonathan Evans said. “I’m not saying I know for a fact that administration involvement will save all students, but if you can get through to one or two then it’s done its job.”