Three Sparta High School students were featured on CBS This Morning in an interview regarding the use of Juul in schools. The interview, which aired on Friday, August 30, was an addition to the investigative report regarding the health effects and deceitful marketing of e-cigarettes conducted by CBS network. The previous Thursday, CBS anchor Tony Dokoupil interviewed Juul CEO, Kevin Burns. In the interview, Burns denied that Juul marketing concepts were geared towards a youth market. To follow up this claim, Dokoupil turned to the students and staff of Sparta High.
SHS seniors Greg Puszcz, Lauren Groff, and Sebastion Gomez were selected by the Sparta administration to speak on behalf of SHS in the nationally televised interview with Dokoupil.
“It was such a cool experience seeing how the set worked and how much effort, planning, and detail goes into a television production”, noted Puszcz.
In addition to the interview, the roughly four-minute segment featured the installation of Halo vapor detection systems throughout the school, Superintendent , Dr. Michael Rossi discussing their costly price, “a thousand dollars each”. While the use of e-cigarettes is evidently a nationwide epidemic, Sparta High School is taking precautionary measures to deter its frequency throughout the school day.
The full video package can be accessed, on the CBS official website: