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Vaping devices and e-liquids confiscated from students at North Newton Junior/Senior High School in Morocco, Indiana.
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The 2018 Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey found nearly 20% of high school students have used e-cigarrettes or vapes. This number has been on the rise for years, according to the American Heart Association.

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The federal government recently raised the smoking age to 21 to help curb teen vaping.  Some are applauding the decision as a win for public health. Others worry it was a knee-jerk reaction.

An "open tank" e-cigarettes sits on the counter at Mason Odle's vape store, Just Vapor. These larger, open tank systems are exempt from FDA regulations on flavors.
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Just a few weeks ago, some Midwest state legislatures were aiming to raise the legal age for smoking. But Congress moved first, setting a new national age limit of 21. Now, some anti-smoking advocates say that’s not enough. 

This week, Indiana Public Broadcasting's All IN invited a pediatrician, school nurse and a principal to talk about vaping. What consequences should schools enforce for students caught vaping? And what is the best way to tackle this growing crisis? This show was in partnership with Side Effects Public Media.