ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) As vaping-related illnesses and deaths increase nationwide, local school districts are not waiting.
Parents in St. Albans learned more about the impact on their kids during an information meeting about e-cigarettes hosted by the school district on Tuesday night.
They taught parents what behavioral signs to look out for in their children, such as irritability and bloodshot eyes.
Health professionals say the long term impact is not well-known yet.
"No youth should be exposed to nicotine," said Amy Brewer, the coordinator of the Franklin Grand Isle Tobacco Prevention Coalition. "When a youth brain is exposed to nicotine it makes them more likely to become addicted to nicotine and other substances, as well. It's a change in their developing brain and it isn't safe for them."
The group also talked about changes they hope to see at the federal, state and local levels. That includes blocking advertisements and banning flavored vaping products.
The event was hosted by police, medical professionals and school faculty.