Transcript for How schools are preventing vaping before students even start
Now, we go to our "Gma" cover story in our series vape nation. This morning looking at some schools and how they're teaming up with students to stop vaping before it starts and gio Benitez has more. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. At least one high school principal is using older kids who never vaped to encourage younger ones not to do it either. As you're about to see the plan appears to be working. That definitely looks like a highlighter. Reporter: At arrowhead, the fight against the youth vaping epidemic is all about stopping it before it starts. We notice our freshmen, mostly boys were doing it and can came quickly to the conclusion they were addicted to it and that they had started it probably like in middle school. It looks like a USB drive. This is a Juul. Reporter: The principal shows parents the camouflaged vaping items confiscated at his school on a regular basis. At the look like footballs. Some may recognize them. Reporter: The principal taking a very different approach deploying groups of his high school students trained in prevention education and who have never vaped to middle schools in his district. He says that distinction is key. If the people you're hanging out aren't good for you don't hang out with them. When I came up with this idea did a little research and people who are users are not aseffective as the people who have never used. I've been offered and every time I just say no and I think that's the hardest thing for high schoolers is they're worried what's going to happen if they say no. Reporter: Before the presentation middle school students tell us that peer pressure is intense. If my friend was asking me, it would be hard for me to say no. If everyone is doing it you might feel disincluded in you don't do it. Like you do it, you'll be cool. We're convinced you to never stop vaping. It's not good for you. Reporter: After the presentation all three seemed to gain confidence from the high I'm going to look up to them for sure. They just wanted to help us. Kind of makes me feel like I want to be one of those people. Your lungs look like this. Reporter: High school students in Minneapolis are teaching fellow students with escape the vape. When people first start vaping they didn't know the harmful effects. Student-to-student prevention seeming to become a must as the fight against it continues. If it comes from a person who knows you, I think it should hit home. I hope it would hit home because I don't want anyone to die from this. Reporter: Nearly 2300 cases of lung injuries from vaping have been reported to the CDC. About 15% of them were kids under 18. That's why it's so important to have these conversations and figure out how to connect with these younger kid. Peers listen to peers. Kids listen to kids before they listen to their parents or adults. It's just how it works. Thanks for that. We go to George.
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