ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A new vaping detection device is available for school districts and municipalities to install across New York.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports, the device is the size of a smoke alarm and is able to detect vapor from e-cigarettes in the air.
The device, called the HALO Smart Sensor, allegedly can also detect THC – the chemical that gives marijuana its high – aggressive behavior from bullying and other harmful chemicals.
Hall reports that multiple school districts on Long Island have already begun installing the device in bathrooms to prevent students from using e-cigarettes on school grounds.
“This type of technology will be able to detect vaping, it won’t send false alarms. It can distinguish between vaping and other smokes,” said Congressman Peter King.
The alarms can be paired with security cameras, which are placed outside bathrooms, to see who set off the alarm if it goes off.
Schools across Long Island have been setting up devices to stop teenagers from using vaping products inside schools and altogether.
Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter notes the town is also stepping up efforts to prevent e-cigarette companies from targeting children by no longer allowing vape shops to set up near schools, parks, playgrounds and places of worship.
New York State has been struggling to crackdown on youth vaping and on Tuesday, reported the first vaping-related death in the state was a 17-year-old from the Bronx.
The Department of Health reports at least 110 people in New York State have been affected by the mysterious lung illness connected to vaping.
Last month, a state panel approved an emergency ban on the sale of flavored vaping products. It was set to go into effect on Oct. 4, but was blocked when a court ruled in favor of the vaping industry, which sued the state over the rule change.
Now, school districts across Long Island have filed a lawsuit against vaping giant Juul, claiming schools have spent far too much time and money trying to stop students from vaping as a result of the company’s deceptive marketing practices.
The lawsuit comes just days after a 19-year-old from Long Island also sued the vaping company, claiming he became addicted to nicotine because Juul marketed their products to him when he was just 15-years-old.
The legal battles come as the nation continues to grabble with a growing number of deaths and illnesses related to e-cigarette use.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to pinpoint any one product or device as the cause of the mysterious lung injuries related to vaping.
Nationwide there have been over 1,080 reported cases of the illness and nearly 20 deaths in over 12 states – including New York and New Jersey – since late August.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has also said the government would consider a federal ban.