I hide my vape pen in my underwear: Student

Some students tell of friends who experimented with vaping and got hooked. A psychotherapist said he has seen more teenagers here addicted to vaping since 2018, with most aged from 15 to 17. A patron at a late-night eatery in town inhales an e-vapori
A patron at a late-night eatery in town inhales an e-vaporiser partially hidden in his left palm. Young adults are attracted to vaping because of the trendy designs of the e-cigarettes and the mistaken belief that vaping is safer than smoking. ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF
Some students tell of friends who experimented with vaping and got hooked. A psychotherapist said he has seen more teenagers here addicted to vaping since 2018, with most aged from 15 to 17. A patron at a late-night eatery in town inhales an e-vapori
Some students tell of friends who experimented with vaping and got hooked. A psychotherapist said he has seen more teenagers here addicted to vaping since 2018, with most aged from 15 to 17. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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To keep his vape pen away from his teachers' prying eyes, 15-year-old "Justin" (not his real name), stashes it away in the most private of places - his underwear.

When he craves a nicotine hit, the Secondary 3 boy sneaks off to a quiet corner in school and takes a whiff from the device shaped like a flash drive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 28, 2021, with the headline I hide my vape pen in my underwear: Student. Subscribe