Sensors coming to stop vaping in bathrooms


Hector Avalos

Mr. Robinson catches Elmo vaping in the halls.

Anette Aguilar, Jonathan Santacruz, and Hector Avalos

By the end of the 2019-2020 school year, smoke sensors will be installed, at Morton East, in all the bathrooms. 

Among youth, e-cigarettes are more popular than any traditional tobacco product. In 2015, the U.S. surgeon general reported that e-cigarette use among high school students had increased by 900 percent. Many E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol. Commonly E-cigarettes are known by many different names sometimes called e-cigs, e-hookahs, mods, vape pens, vapes. Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. Some Nicotine levels in e-cigarettes are highly variable, with some reaching levels near combustible cigarettes. In a random survey of 100 Morton East students, 11% of Students reported that they do vape.  

Bathrooms seem like a commonplace for vapers to unite and enjoy quick hits of their vapes.  

“Bathrooms are a safe space for vapers,” an anonymous student who vapes said.   

Rumors have been passing around about Morton West having sensors in bathrooms to prevent vaping, these rumors might be true for Morton East too.   

“My friends at west told me that there were sensors installed in the bathrooms at west,” Head Security, Linda (Scooby)  

With smoke detectors in bathrooms, the number of students vaping in schools will be reduced to near none.  

“We have ordered smoke detectors, but we don’t know when they are going to arrive exactly. They will be installed this school year,” Morton East Principal, Jose Gamboa.  

With students vaping all the time in school, our school staff can’t keep track of all the vapers in school.  

“Too many, quote me on that,” Dean at Morton East High School, Mr. Dugan  

With many students vaping, many don’t know why they do it or some do it to fit in.  

“Many think it’s cool, they like to smoke for anxiety reasons, all sorts of reasons,” Senior, Pablo.   

Our school, although having cops, takes vaping students straight to their deans instead of to the cops.  

“I have caught students vaping and send them to the deans but if they are doing illegal substances, we do take action,” Officer Perez