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A 7-year-old was found vaping at a Franklin elementary school, police say

A 7-year-old boy was recently discovered using a vaping device in a Franklin classroom.

A “Smok Novo” vaping device was taken from the second-grader at about 9:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Country Dale Elementary, 7380 S. North Cape Road, Franklin, according to a police report.

A social worker from child protective services was called to the school and took custody of the child.

He was taken to Children’s Hospital by CPS to get checked out, the report said.

The boy’s mother was contacted, and she told police the vaping device contained CBD oil and was stored in her purse.

According to Franklin police, the child was returned to his mother. Police said she was not cited or charged. However, CPS and police will keep a report of the incident on file, the department said.

The Franklin School District declined to identify the student, citing privacy concerns. However, the district on Tuesday emailed a letter to parents about the dangers of vaping.

“The safety of our students is our top priority,” said Superintendent Judy Mueller in the letter. “We will continue to do everything we can to help counteract the harm associated with vaping.”

Vaping has come under fire recently with reporting on more than 800 vaping-related lung injury cases. At least 26 deaths have been linked to vaping.

A number of local municipalities have worked to include vaping and e-cigarettes under the same regulations as tobacco products. Franklin began regulating the use of vaping products in December 2018.

Cudahy in August passed an ordinance banning all electronic smoking devices in places where state law currently bans smoking.

Cudahy Health Officer Katie Lepak said Wisconsin has had more than a dozen cases linked to teens vaping and young adults getting hospitalized with “severe lung disease.”

In Oak Creek, e-cigarettes have been included in the city’s municipal code on smoking regulations since a vote in September 2018. Oak Creek City Attorney Melissa Karls said at the time that it has been possible to regulate e-cigarettes since 2016.

Eric Hanley/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel