Ohio school districts considering nicotine testing

Parents in the Avon School District are seeing a presentation tonight about the latest version of the cat and mouse game in schools that’s played out for generations. Students sometimes have things they aren’t supposed to have and school staff tries to stop them.

Decades of enforcing school rules and national campaigns to convince young Americans to stay away from cigarettes put a large dent in youth smoking numbers. A few years ago, that progress was challenged when e-cigarettes and other vaping products made it easier to secretly smoke without some of the harmful side-effects of traditional cigarettes.

Now, News 5 is finding that Northeast Ohio school districts are considering and enacting nicotine testing along with drug tests, trying to discourage students from getting hooked on nicotine in the first place.


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