Council Bids To Halt Substantial Increase In Vaping Among Secondary School Pupils

Council Bids To Halt Substantial Increase In Vaping Among Secondary School Pupils
Council Bids To Halt Substantial Increase In Vaping Among Secondary School Pupils

Council Bids To Halt Substantial Increase In Vaping Among Secondary School Pupils

Vaping has become a growing problem among secondary school pupils, with a substantial increase in its usage being reported. In response to this concerning trend, a Welsh council has decided to take action to combat the rising numbers of students engaging in vaping.

Gwynedd Council, after being made aware of this issue by Gwynedd teachers, discussed the problem at a full council meeting. According to data from ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), the proportion of children experimenting with vaping has increased by 50% year on year nationally. One in thirteen children had tried vaping in the past, but now that number has risen to one in nine.

Councillor Beca Brown, the education cabinet leader, announced the proposed measures the council plans to take to address the vaping issue in schools. The council acknowledges that the problem is prevalent in secondary schools and has become a regular topic of discussion during headteacher meetings.

While schools can adopt several measures such as reviewing processes and making curriculum amendments, Cllr Brown emphasized the need for further support from the education authority. The council is awaiting confirmation for grant money to commission a piece of work that will explore what can be done collaboratively with other services.

Due to the relatively new nature of vaping, research and data are scarce. However, the council is committed to staying proactive by following the latest guidance and emerging research. They want to assure their constituents that they take this matter seriously.

In response to a supplementary question from Cllr Hywel, Councillor Brown acknowledged that more steps are needed to educate pupils, teachers, and parents about the risks and health implications of vaping, as well as how easily accessible vaping products are to young people.

The council has also identified school toilets as a popular location for children and young people to engage in vaping. As a result, they plan to assess the style and layout of toilets to discourage vaping in these areas. Additionally, the council is concerned about the environmental impact of discarded vaping materials, as they are not biodegradable.

Cllr Hywel of Plaid Cymru expressed her satisfaction with the council’s actions, stating that she is pleased to see positive steps being taken to support young people, families, and schools in addressing the vaping issue. Councillor Brown highlighted the importance of schools reviewing and adapting policies and designing curricula that specifically address the challenges associated with vaping.

The Curriculum for Wales and its Health and Wellbeing area of learning and experience provide a suitable platform for Gwynedd schools to address this issue effectively.

Councillor Brown, as a representative of Plaid Cymru, is proud to lead the way in tackling the vaping problem in Gwynedd. However, she also emphasizes the responsibility of everyone to report any illegal cases of selling vapes to children below the age of 18 to Trading Standards and North Wales Police.

In conclusion, the council’s bid to halt the substantial increase in vaping among secondary school pupils is commendable. By implementing various measures, educating students and parents, and creating a supportive environment within schools, Gwynedd Council aims to address this issue and ensure young people make positive health decisions.



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