HOW DO YOU PREVENT VAPING WHERE YOU CANNOT HAVE CAMERAS?

There are many locations in schools where surveillance cameras are not an option, like restrooms and locker rooms. And even in areas where they are allowed, the majority do not listen (much less detect air particulates) for events or signs of trouble. Surveillance cameras are your eyes in the sky, but you also need ears and a nose to sniff out trouble. This is why the HALO Smart Sensor device was created. HALO was designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate with your security camera’s video management system to create an even safer environment for children to learn and grow.

5 Million Youths Vape in the US
WHY DO SCHOOLS NEED HALO PROTECTION NOW MORE THAN EVER?

Vaping usage in K12 schools has exploded over the last decade. According to the Truth Initiative1, youth e-cigarette usage rose 1,800% from 2011 to 2019. Another cause for concern is that 30%2 of teens who try e-cigarette products start smoking traditional tobacco products within six months. A recent study reported that 27.5% of high school students currently vape, and more than 5 million youth now vape in the US3.

It is bad enough that so many children are turning to vape products, but the damage does not end with just them. According to new Truth Initiative research, “Teachers explained that vaping adversely affects not only the performance of students who vape but also the learning environment of students who do not vape. Teachers reported that frequent classroom disruptions, disciplinary problems, and peer pressure to vape regularly impeded daily learning for all students.4

CURRENT CHALLENGES FOR EDUCATORS

This same study by Truth Initiative revealed that teachers expressed a need for more resources in the fight against the vaping epidemic. One of the top concerns cited was the difficulty in finding students’ vapes. Newer devices are more discreet concerning size and lack of emitting a smell which makes detection extremely challenging. As one teacher said, “We can’t enforce what we can’t see.”

Another challenge cited was the difficulty in identifying the devices. For example, less than half of middle and high school teachers and administrators in a national sample could identify a photo of a JUUL. Many JUUL vapes resemble a USB flash drive which adds to the challenge of identification.

27% of High School Students Vape
HALO IS THE RESOURCE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS NEED TO COMBAT VAPE USAGE

The HALO Smart Sensor solves several of the challenges in combating this growing problem.

  1. The HALO Smart Sensor does not contain a camera, only sensors that can hear voice and noise and detect particulates in the air. This allows them to be located where cameras cannot be placed.
  2. With HALO, you do not need to smell the smoke to know if a student has used a vape device. When they go to a location in the school without cameras and vape, the HALO sensor will alert you to its use and respond in the manner you choose.
  3. Another issue is that teachers reported having trouble identifying a vape device on-site since they are now being designed to look like USB drives. While the HALO Smart Sensor does not contain a camera that can identify the devices on-site, if a student uses a vape device, the smoke will be detected, and you will be alerted to its use.
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Would you like to learn more about how the HALO Smart Sensor can help you prevent vaping, THC usage, and smoking in your school? The new HALO system can do all of that and much more. Surround your students with the best safety and security protection possible. Please feel free to give us a call at 855.855.8881 or fill out the contact form, and we will get back to you ASAP.

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