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Cascade, Western Dubuque to Host Parent Meetings on Vaping

Courtesy: Lindsay Fox

As new reports highlight the dangers of what’s known as “vaping,” two Dubuque County high schools plan to share information about the issue with parents. Both Cascade and Western Dubuque high schools will host informational meetings on the topic in early January. “Vaping” is the slang term for using an electronic cigarette. A survey released this week shows vaping is now the second-most common form of substance abuse among teens, with nearly 40 percent of high school seniors having tried it. Cascade Assistant Principal Adam Kedley explains there are several reasons it has caught on among teens. They’re drawn to the various available flavors, the smokeless nature of vaping, and the significant dose of nicotine it delivers. According to Kedley, vaping is such a new trend that most parents have little to no knowledge of it. A recent poll conducted by Cascade administrators asked students about the perceived popularity of vaping. Results show Cascade students believe a quarter of their classmates use electronic cigarettes on a daily basis. The school has scheduled information meetings for parents to coincide with their next round of parent-teacher conferences. Kedley says those sessions may be the first some parents have heard of vaping. The Cascade meetings will be held on January 9th and 16th beginning at 4:30 PM. At Western Dubuque High School, similar meetings are scheduled on January 7th, also beginning at 4:30.

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