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So. Berkshire school panel to investigate vaping risks

GREAT BARRINGTON—  Vaping is a growing trend nationwide and also among teens in Berkshire County.

The annual Prevention Needs Assessment Survey distributed by the Berkshire United Way  shows that 43 percent of high school seniors in Berkshire County self-reported to have used e-cigarettes during their lifetime.

Amid an outbreak of vaping-related illnesses across the country, the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee plans to weigh in on the dangers that vaping, either nicotine or cannabis products, could pose to its students.

The topic was raised at the conclusion of the committee’s Sept. 12 meeting by committee member Dennis Sears.

“We now know that vaping has gone from dangerous to being deadly,” said Sears. “I think this is a horribly serious problem and it’s a very tough one.”

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