Vaping devices: Here’s what parents should know

School resource officer says vaping more prevalent than parents might think

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Shelby Township school resource officer Jake Lukas spends the majority of his time in schools.

To this day, he’s still surprised by how many kids are vaping.

“The two things we’re seeing the most now are these kind of USB stick style vapes,” said Lukas. “It’s more widespread than I would have thought. We’ve even had instances where it’s been elementary -- we’ve even seen this stuff all the way down at the elementary level.”

Vaping devices have changed drastically from when vaping began. A modern vaping device is as small as a nonrefillable stick that may look like a USB drive at first glance.

“You use it until it runs out, then you’ll toss it,” said Lukas. “There are a lot of people who think they’re USB drives if they don’t know any better.”

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