Schools install vape detectors inside bathrooms to alert teachers to children who are VAPING – amid a warning that the habit may cause dangerous illnesses such as ‘popcorn lung’

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New vape alarms are set to be installed in Australian high schools to help curb teenagers’ use of e-cigarettes.

Plumpton High School, in western Sydney, is one of the schools that will implement the latest vape-detecting alarms, which can also catch vapour, marijuana and cigarette smoke.

The detectors will be installed throughout the school, including in the bathrooms, and send out alarms if they detect smoke or vapour.

New vape detectors will be installed throughout Plumpton High School (above) to help curb the number of teenagers using e-cigarettes.

The Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation found that about 14 per cent of children aged have tried vaping

Plumpton will also follow a new education program designed by Western Sydney Local Health District’s Clinical Professor Smita Shah.

The program will see students learn about vaping during Personal Development, Health and Physical Education classes, give them a ‘decision-making rationale’ and teach them about vape misinformation on social media.

The Halo vape detectors (above) send out alarms if they detect smoke from vapes and will be part of the school’s comprehensive anti-vaping program

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The Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation found that about 14 per cent of kids aged 12 to 17 have tried an e-cigarette.

About 63 per cent of those children were exposed to vaping through their friends. 

While schools are not required to tackle the issue of vaping in their courses, Plumpton Principal Tim Lloyd is passionate about helping his students avoid the dangerous product.

Plumpton Principal Tim Lloyd said he is passionate about the schools new ‘holistic’ approach to vaping prevention

He said the vape detectors are part of the school’s comprehensive plan to stop vaping.

‘They are a part of a whole comprehensive structure we have in terms of health and wellbeing… We don’t have a huge issue and we put that down to being vigilant around making sure all kids are safe,’ he told News Corp.