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Ridgewood HS cracks down on e-cigarettes

New Jersey raised the age to buy tobacco from 19 to 21 in 2017

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RIDGEWOOD — According to the CDC e-cigarettes are now the most commonly used form of tobacco by youth in the U.S. Ridgewood High School, a Bergen County high school, is cracking down on students caught using them. Principal Tom Gorman says there's been an upswing in students caught with e-cigarettes and vaporizers, particularly in school bathrooms. He thinks vaping companies are going after kids by offering an array of flavors and colors of e-cigarettes, which he says is a dangerous trend.

"They could easily swap in these THC jewels into the devices and it's not good," said Gorman.

Gorman introduced new rules at the start of the school year, telling students and their parents if a student is caught with an e-cigarette, they will be suspended for three days.

Gorman says he was pleased that New Jersey raised the age to buy tobacco from 19 to 21 in 2017, but he still thinks government officials should do more.

"Unfortunately until the legislators decide to take a stance on vapes, I don't think we'll be seeing a trend going the other way," said Gorman.

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