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E-Cigarette use leads to bathroom restrictions in Wisconsin high school

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Thursday dozens of people attended a presentation about preventing e-cigarette use in youth.

Attendees heard from various health organizations and some students.

A Wood County school district now restricts bathroom access in response to the rise of e-cigarette usage.

Wisconsin Rapids high school students revealed the number students using those products increased from more than doubled from October to the end of the school year.

“We actually have to have a limited amount of people in bathrooms now,” said Lincoln High School Junior Jacqueline Sie. “So only two people can go in during lunch and this really affects students at Lincoln because some people have to go to the bathroom and we can’t because this problem has taken the privilege away from us.”

Studies have found that one in five Wisconsin high school students use e-cigarettes. According to the FDA, vaping by high school students has increased 78% nationwide in the past year.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that parents talk to their children about the dangers of tobacco use.

Curtis Aderholdt

A WAOW photo journalist since December 2014.

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