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Katy ISD to Address Rising Threat of Vaping


October 12, 2019

By Natalie Cook Clark

Concern over vaping-related health conditions and illnesses continues to grow. Katy ISD is tackling this hot topic in their upcoming session of the Legacy Parent Academy.

A National Problem with Local Impact

Vaping continues to be a national problem and Katy schools and businesses are fighting back. Recently HEB announced that it would no longer sell e-cigarettes or any vaping-related products and the state of Texas recently changed the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18-21. Such changes are hopeful steps in curbing the growing popularity of vaping.

A Growing Problem

According to the government, from 2011-2015 vaping products experienced a shocking 900% increase among middle school and high school students nationwide. Research predicts the number of people vaping could reach 55 million by 2021.

Katy ISD Responds to Vaping Threat

“Vaping is fairly new, and until now, medical professionals have not had a future illustration to present to the public regarding the damage and danger that vaping can do,"

says Therese D. Highnote, BSN, RN Katy ISD Director of Health Services. "Vaping exposes users to many different substances, such as the flavorings, nicotine, cannabinoids and solvents that cause harm."

Katy ISD is addressing this hot topic this month in their Legacy Parent Academy. These informational sessions are specifically designed to assist parents by providing valuable information that relates to topics that go beyond the academic experience. Vaping is a growing trend with young people, and educating parents on its uses, practices, and dangers can better help parents to talk to their children about it.

Legacy Parent Academy

The Parent Legacy Academy will discuss vaping on Wednesday, October 16 at Legacy Stadium in rooms ABC. Captain Ivan Nelson with Katy ISD Police Department and Therese Highnote will both present on the topic.

There is no registration required for the Legacy Parent Academy event.

If you can't attend the session, the district will offer a live stream and post videos after the event. Visit the Katy ISD website for more information on the Legacy Parent Academy and to access the live stream.


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