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Schools Navigate a New Era of Student Behavior and Technology

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Students have a long-standing tradition of using bathrooms for smoking, despite school regulations. This behavior has led schools to implement stricter measures to curb the use of vapes and e-cigarettes.

One Long Island school, Lindenhurst Middle School, has taken a proactive approach by installing vape detectors in all student bathrooms. These devices, known as FlySense, are designed to detect nicotine and THC in the air, alerting school administrators when smoke is present. The installation of these detectors was suggested by a student concerned about her peers' vaping habits.

The FlySense technology, developed by Soter Technologies, not only detects vape smoke but also monitors air quality. When smoke is detected, the school principal receives an automatic email notification. Students caught vaping are then offered professional help to address their vaping habits.

This initiative comes amidst a broader crackdown on school behavior. New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced a proposed bill that would ban smartphones in public schools. While the bill is not expected to be formally filed until 2025, it has received mixed reactions from students.

The popularity of vaping among young people has led to legal challenges against companies like Juul, accused of targeting children with their addictive products. Juul has since settled a lawsuit for $462 million. Despite these legal setbacks, vaping remains prevalent among youth, with other nicotine products like Zyn pouches gaining popularity.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09