Mishawaka High School cracks down on student vaping with fines

A high school in Saint Joseph County is cracking down on students who vape.

The South Bend Tribune reports that Mishawaka High School enacted a policy this year allowing resource officers to issue tickets to students caught vaping at least twice. Violations carry a $145 fine among other consequences. Mann says Mishawaka officials devised a plan last summer to address the mounting number of students vaping, a practice in which nicotine is heated and inhaled through a pen-like device.

Mishawaka students received 75 out-of-school suspensions for tobacco use last school year. So far, 40 students have been suspended this year.