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Centralia school board attacking e-cigarettes, vaping

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:55 am

With one administrator using words such as “predatory,” and “pernicious,” to describe them, members of the Centralia R-VI School Board have decided they  have had enough of e-cigarettes, Juuls and vaping.

A pair of CBMS band students preparing to perform at their school’s fine arts night. This is the age group with which the school board is discussed beginning its anti-vaping campaign.

A pair of CBMS band students preparing to perform at their school’s fine arts night. This is the age group with which the school board is discussed beginning its anti-vaping campaign.

During their May 13 meeting in the Centralia Intermediate School Library, they heard Centralia High School Principal Matt Smith clearly describe his feelings on the vaping trend and  related devices.

“The idea that these are cessation products is absolute nonsense,” Smith said. “Juul is owned by the same company that owns Marlboro. This is strictly a predatory marketing scheme put together by big tobacco to attract, addict, and own a new generation of potential smokers. It’s not cool to smoke cigarettes anymore, but this marketing scheme has made it cool to smoke these things.”  Smith added, “students feel they have little risk in using these products because they are virtually undetectable, leaving no residue or visible smoke, and often very little smell.”

He said addressing student access to these products is critical.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.