Less than $500, and definitely
not the $22,000 needed by Sublette
County School District No. 1 to install vapingdetection
devices in the schools, the Pinedale
Town Council verbally agreed at its Jan. 14
meeting to commit funds for a trial device.
A contingent of a dozen educators and
health-care providers spoke to the council,
asking it help address vaping, the use of electronic
nicotine delivery devices that are used
instead of cigarettes.
The problem is they are very small, often
designed to look like a thumb drive for a computer
or a pen and there is less residual smell,
making them hard to detect.
Eric Makelky, principal for Skyline Academy,
brought several of the devices he has
found in the school to show the council members.
He said they’re not like cigarettes. In
his day a person would go in the bathroom to
smoke and the whole school would know. He
said the devices can be tucked into an elbow
and the teacher would think a person is coughing
into their sleeve.
He said he has done research on detection
devices and to outfit all the bathrooms in the
middle school, high school and Skyline Academy
would cost $22,000 and another $400 for
Mayor Matt Murdock had written the company
and a $1,400 device was committed for a
trial basis. At some point, if it works, the company
The council verbally agreed to commit less
than $500 if the device works and hopefully
generate partnerships to come up with the remaining
When asked if vaping devices could be
banned in town, Municipal Attorney Ed Wood
said the town could not prohibit them because
the state does not allow towns to exceed state
Read the story on page 3 of today’s
Roundup for more about the vaping concerns