Only 20 of 104 HHS students surveyed recently said they used Juuls or other vaping devices, though 75 admitted that they know someone who puffs the popular e-cigarettes.
Created by health science teacher Paul Good’s third-block class, the electronic survey collected responses from 34 freshmen, 15 sophomores, 34 juniors and 21 seniors. The results were compiled Thursday (Nov. 29).
Eighty-four students said they don’t vape, and 29 said they don’t know anyone who does.
The purpose of the survey was to gauge students’ knowledge of Juuling and other forms of vaping. The survey was taken by phone or other electronic device and required students to enter their email addresses to access it, raising questions about the data’s reliability.
Even Good was a little skeptical of the findings.
“I don’t think we will get back honest answers – unless they live under a rock,” he said the day before the data was compiled.
A lot of attention has been placed on teen vaping and its consequences. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this year that the issue has reached “epidemic proportions” with more than 2 million middle and high school students regular users of Juuls and other e-cigarettes.
At HHS, one to three students are placed in ISS weekly for the offense, according to Assistant Principal Dr. Ron Sarver.
Story by Corrine Mitchener, Vincent Brown-Flores and Johnny Espinoza