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Van Cortlandt Middle School offers ‘Vaping 101’ class to concerned parents

The fad is advertised as a safer alternative to smoking but families are learning that might not be the case

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Croton-on-Hudson — Parents learned the in's and out's of the so-called "safer" alternative to smoking during the Vaping 101 class at Van Cortlandt Middle School on Monday night.

Vaping is a trend that has grown 900 percent from 2011 to 2015, according to the Surgeon General. It’s a fast-growing fad that is hitting all ages with 34 percent of students admitting that by senior year they have tried vaping at least once.

“I have four children, two are teenagers, and I am sure they have access to or have seen vaping, and as much as I would like to know all the lingo I want to hear from the experts on what it’s all about,” Ilene Camillieri said.

Judy Mezey presented the class, showing parents the different types of vaping mechanisms so they can spot them at home. Many of which can look like a USB drive, a pen, or a lipstick.

Vape pens can contain marijuana concentrates or other illegal drugs, and parents may not be able to notice the difference

But Mezey says the biggest concern parents should have is that vape pens often contain nicotine — just like cigarettes — a powerful stimulant that's addictive and can impair the brain.

“It has shown to be impactful on young lungs. There’s been chronic bronchitis that’s associated with youth vaping,” Mezey said.

Angelo Matera, the manager of Mt. Kisco Vapers, says he does not sell to anyone under the age of 18.

“I think It’s ridiculous if you've never smoked before to vape nicotine, why get addicted to nicotine if you don't have to,” Matera said.

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