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Capital High School resource officer expects jump in e-cigarette citations

Posted at 11:12 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 01:12:50-04

HELENA — At capital high school in Helena, school resource officer Andrew Barton says he's only written one citation related to vaping so far this school year.

But he estimates that number will spike as the year goes on, and even exceed last year when he wrote anywhere from 30 to 50 citations.

He says from his perspective it's a rapidly evolving industry and e-cigarette devices change all the time.

His advice for parents, talk to your kids, nd learn about what vaping looks and smells like.

"If you're smelling something very fruity in your child's backpack or room, that's likely what it is," said Barton. "So pay attention, look into it and educate yourself. You take 30 to 50 students and divide that by the population of capital high, its not a very high percentage. But i think the actual percentage of usage is much much higher than that."

Barton also says the numbers at Helena high school are similar.

According to Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program 23 percent of Montana high school students use e-cigarettes.

Almost half have tried them.