E-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth since 2014.

In 2018, CDC and FDA data showed that more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, were past-month e-cigarette users.

During 2017 and 2018, e-cigarette use skyrocketed among youth, leading the U.S. Surgeon General to call the use of these products among youth an epidemic in the United States.

Canyon ISD has taken bold moves to help eliminate this epidemic among teens in its student body.

In a press release, CISD Asst. Superintendent Robyn Cranmer stated, “We decided to put a little bit of a stiffer penalty in place compared to what we've done in the past."

The new district-wide code of conduct states the first time a student is caught with a vaping device on school grounds, it will be taken away and destroyed.

Cranmer went on to state, "Students will receive up to five days of in-school suspension, based on their performance, we're going to ask them to put together a research project while they're in school suspension on the negative impact of vaping to students, they'll have to present that research project to the teachers."

If a CISD student is caught with e-cigarette a second time, he or she will receive a disciplinary alternative placement, or DAEP, for 20 days.

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