Scituate: F.A.C.T.S. Anti-Drug Coalition Takes on Teen Vaping

The Scituate F.A.C.T.S. Coalition – Families, Adolescents and Communities Together against Substances – took on the issue of teen vaping at their meeting Monday night.

F.A.C.T.S. Coalition Co-Chair Annemarie Galvin said that about 3 in 10 Scituate High School Students are vaping or using e-cigarettes, which is higher than both the state and national averages.

“So we found that among Scituate High School student that 30% of them vape on a regular basis, which is substantial. That is higher that the state-wide average which is 24% of high school students and it’s a little higher than the national average.

We haven’t  seen it increase over the past three years – it’s been high for three years – it increased up into that point and now we’re hoping we can hold at that rate, and reduce that rate, as we help kids understand the risks associated with it.”

Barbara Quinlan with Scituate F.A.C.T.S. said vaping amongst high school kids is of great concern, especially when it comes to vaping thc oils.

“We just feel it’s a risky behavior and it opens up the line to nicotine use and addiction, which is a strong addiction. And although it’s not as dangerous an addiction because you’re not really intoxicated when you’re using nicotine, it just may lead to THC vaporizing, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. That’s the one we would be concerned about for these students, and for people who might be out driving on the roads with us,” Quinlan said.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.