Sue Dunn, the mother of a 14-year-old from Manchester, England, complained to his school after they confiscated his vape. She supports her son Mason's use of e-cigs because she says they have helped him stop smoking regular cigarettes (which may be true, though it's still unclear if e-cigs are always useful for quitting smoking).
Mason started smoking after his dad died two years ago. Last year, Mason's older brother bought him an e-cig to help him with his addiction. It was love at first sight. Mason stopped smoking cigarettes entirely, but after the school took away his vape, he relapsed. He found it frustrating:
It is really irritating because they shout at me when I have got a cigarette and tell me to stop and then when I try to quit, they tell me to stop doing that as well.
The school, Kearsley Academy, had the following response:
As a healthy school we encourage students to lead healthy lifestyles and to make healthy choices. [...] We offer students access to the school nurse and if necessary pathways such as the smoke cessation programme, if this is needed. [...] We will continue to work with and support Mason within the guidelines of our policy. [...] For the safeguarding of all our students, smoking, including the use of any nicotine inhalation devices are not allowed.
The school has since returned Mason's e-cigarette.