Dangers of Teen Vaping Lead to New Polices All Over America


By Ivy Lowrey

Federal Government is Keeping an Eye on Vaping.

The National Government has become aware of the new teen crisis. President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the White House earlier this fall, declaring that he is moving to ban flavored vaping products in an effort to stop the teen vaping epidemic in America 

“It’s causing a lot of problems and we’re going to have to do something about it,” Trump said at the White House after a meeting on Sept. 11, 2019, USAToday reports. “There have been deaths and there have been a lot of other problems.” 

The FDA and CDC have recently been looking into vaping, to see what has been causing deaths among vape users. The FDA regulates legal vapes by lab testing them and giving them legal approval to sell. The issue with vapes that aren’t tested by the FDA is that they are what has been causing recent deaths and illness. While Federal and Health officials look into these illegal vaping products, the FDA has been keeping the public informed on these legal and illegal vapes, and how to stay safe.



Missouri is Taking Action.

After noticing the new trend America is in action to prevent, Misssouri took the nation’s lead. Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri signed an executive order on Oct 15, 2019 stating that research and education discouraging from the use of vaping products must be done. The campaign is set to use current assets to launch within 30 days.

“The biggest fear we have is the unknown of the products,” Parson tells STL Public Radio. “I don’t think anybody knows. I don’t know how much research has been done on the flavored side of it to know how much of a health risk it is.”

Over 20 health cases in Missouri alone are due to illness or death of vaping-related products. The order states that Elementary and Secondary Education, Public Safety and The Departments of Health and Senior Services must develop a statewide campaign to educate and inform youth about the dangers of vaping.


Updated Policy For FHN.

The Francis Howell School District introduced a new policy for students struggling with drug abuse of all kinds earlier this year. The old policy stated that students must be suspended for 10 days with a Code of Conduct hearing, which then would be decided their punishment. FHSD has updated this policy, students who are caught with any substance or paraphernalia for any reason will be suspended for 1 day and go to 9 mandatory days in the Alternative Intervention Program (AIP). AIP offers counseling and support for victims of addiction instead of punishing them for their actions.