School district hosts anti-vaping panel, discussion
–The Paso Robles School District conducted an Anti-Vaping Community Forum Wednesday night at Paso Robles High School. Panelists included Superintendent Curt Dubost, Paso Robles High School Principal Anthony Overton, Dr. Justin Davis, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin and others involved with addressing the spread of vaping among youth in the community.
Nationwide, 34 deaths are attributed to vaping. Panelists told the 25 people in attendance that about 50-percent of high school students have tried vaping. Joe Williams, who is Student Services Director, says about 100 students per year are being suspended because of vaping in the school district.
The Paso Robles Resource Police Officer says he was shocked how prevalent vaping is.
The school district is receiving $366,215 dollars in a state Tobacco Grant Program to promote anti-vaping in the Paso Robles School District.
Although the community forum was lightly attended, a recording of the forum will be streamed on Voice of Paso Robles.