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As the prevalence of vapes continues to grow each year, more and more institutions are implementing vape sensors. Vaping may compromise the health of students, employees, and even innocent bystanders. Moreover, it may discredit institutions who allow or do not control vaping. Thus, many businesses in different industries are adopting vape sensors. But why stop at vape sensors when you can monitor your entire environment with the SV11 environmental sensor? Before we delve into the SV11 sensor, we’ll take a look at why vape sensors are being implemented in different institutions.
What is a Vape Pen?
Vape pens, also known as e-cigs and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), are battery-powered devices that create an aerosol by vaporizing a liquid. The e-liquid in a vape can contain nicotine, THC, CBD, flavored substances, or other chemicals. Vaping has become a popular way to consume nicotine, especially among youth who seek to be discrete in their usage. Thus, vape sensors have also become popular as a way to combat the use of vapes in public areas like schools, businesses, and hotels.
The Facts: Why You Need a Vape sensors
According to a 2017-2021 data brief from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) foundation, national e-cigarette unit sales have hit an all-time high. Consider the following statistics:
- National vape unit sales increased by 48.9% from February, 2020 to May, 2021. This occurs despite the FDA’s 2020 enforcement policies prohibiting menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars, and flavored cartridge-based vapes.
- Despite prohibiting the aforementioned products, the FDA permitted disposable vapes and menthol tobacco prefilled cartridges to stay on the market. Hence, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of disposable e-cigs. In fact, disposable device sales increased by 195.8%. In other words, sales increased from 2.8 million to 8.2 million. Additionally, prefilled cartridge sales increased by 15.1% – or from 12.0 million to 13.8 million.
- In 2020, an estimated 3.6 million US youth reported using vapes. Moreover, more than 8 in 10 youth reported use of flavored vapes.
It is clear, then, that vaping has become widely popular. Consequently, the sales of vape sensors are increasing each year. If you are in charge of a business, restaurant, hotel, or school, then you likely have experience with employees, clientele, or students vaping in areas where it is prohibited. This can threaten both the credibility and the safety of your business or school. It is important, then, to have a vape sensors. Learn more about the dangers of vaping below.
Who Benefits from Having Vape Sensors?
So, who exactly needs vape sensors? Any indoor public space should have vape sensors considering the prevalence of vapes. Moreover, having vape sensors improves the air quality for everyone. Consider how the following industries and people benefit from having vape sensors:
- Educational Facilities: Vape sensors are ideal for educators and administrators. With vape sensors, they can catch students who vape in bathrooms or other indoor areas.
- Businesses: Vape sensors allow your clientele to remain healthy and enjoy clean air
- The Hospitality Industry: Hotels and restaurants will benefit from vape sensors as it will reduce the likelihood of people vaping in unauthorized areas like rooms and the lobby. Vape sensors can reduce the amount of smoke-related chemicals in the atmosphere that otherwise may drive potential clients away.
- Transportation: Vape sensors can help you monitor and improve air quality for clientele.
- Landlords: Monitor prohibited vape usage on your property with vape sensors.
The Challenges of Detecting Vape
Without vape sensors, it can be very challenging for businesses and individuals to monitor vape. For example, it is difficult to identify vape simply by its scent. Contrary to marijuana and cigarettes, which have recognizable smells, vaping is harder to associate with a specific scent. Products come in a variety of flavors, including unscented varieties.
Another challenge is that people have grown accustomed to concealing their vaping, reducing the visibility of vape clouds (the large amounts of vapor exhaled) or smoking in private areas such as restrooms, locker rooms, and even closets.
However, despites these challenges, vape sensors, like Verkada’s SV11 environmental sensor, are able to discern vape because of the impact it has on the breakdown of chemicals present in the air. These chemicals are nicotine, propylene glycol and glycerol – all of which raise the levels of the total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), particulate matter, and other cancer-causing chemicals.
The SV11 Environmental Sensor
Given the prevalence of vaping and the known harmful effects it has on the smoker and bystanders, many different industries are turning to vape sensors. The SV11 environmental sensor is unique in that it not only detects vape and smoking but also monitors the total volatile organic compounds (TVOCS), the air quality index (AQI), particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), the temperature and relative humidity, noise levels, and motion. Essentially, the SV11 environmental sensor allows individuals to gain better insights on the environment. So, the SV11 sensor is not simply a vape sensor; it is an all-in-one environmental sensor. Overall, the automated situational awareness provided by the SV11 is key in improving safety and security in indoor public spaces. You can purchase the SV11 Environmental Sensor here.
Design and Features of the SV11
The SV11 is unique in not only its ability to monitor the overall environment, but also in its design and features. Its outer layer is a photochemically stainless steel etch and it is followed by several different sensors that measure and report data. Verkada’s SV11 works by using the onboard sensors to detect changes in the breakdown of chemicals in the air. These sensor readings are combined to produce a Vape Index, which identifies the likelihood of vaping/smoking occurring on a scale of 1-100.
Furthermore, the SV11 has many different features that make it one of the most appealing vape sensors to several different industries. Consider the following unique attributes:
- Command Platform: Individuals can access all sensor data from the Command platform and view it against a timeline to get a full picture of when these events occurred. In addition, individuals can link any sensor with a Verkada camera, correlating video with sensor-based data. Overall, this adds a layer of visual proof to help people understand what exactly took place.
- Custom Threshold: Individuals can configure custom alert thresholds to receive real-time notifications via SMS and email.
- Sensor-Based Alerts: When an anomaly is detected, an alert via SMS or email can be sent to pre-selected individuals as well as security, allowing teams to respond quickly.
- Alert Settings: Teams that operate on different schedules should use custom alerts to cut down on unnecessary notifications during the weekend and after work. Our platform allows each user to set what hours and days of the week that they’d like to receive alerts for sensor-based anomalies.
The Benefits of Vape Sensors
Many industries may benefit from having vape sensors like the VP11 environmental sensor. Consider the following advantages of vape sensors in different industries:
- Identify and manage sensor-based events
- Deter harmful behaviors like vaping
- Monitor the environment while being in line with state laws and compliances.
- Monitor noise levels that may indicate yelling is happening. This can help different institutions monitor for violence, conflicts, or other issues.
- Monitor changes in temperature or humidity to reduce the loss of records or products
- Measure the air quality to (1) ensure healthy air quality for employees and students and (2) product control
- Measure VOC emissions to prevent adverse health effects (e.g., in manufacturing plants where plants and varnishes may compromise the health of employees)
- Monitor the temperature to protect expensive equipment and crucial information located in the server rooms. If the server room’s temperature is too hot or cold, it can lead to downtime, loss of services, data corruption, and even destroyed hardware.
- Monitor noise levels without recording audio. This ensures privacy is not compromised.
Using the SV11 Environmental Sensor
If you wish to have an all-in-one environmental sensor and not just a vape sensor, consider Verkada’s SV11 environmental sensor. For the best results, place the SV11 about 8 feet from the ground. Moreover, if you wish to monitor vape, make sure that you only enable the Vape Index in areas that are prone to vaping (e.g., restrooms, hotel rooms). Otherwise, you may receive a false positive in areas where smoke is common (e.g., kitchens, manufacturing floors).
The Importance of Having a Vape Sensors: The Dangers of Vaping
If you’re still not convinced of the value of vape sensors, consider the dangers presented by vaping. Vaping is not only harmful to the individual who smokes it, but also to those around them. This is worrisome if you run a business or school as you do not want to be liable for putting others in harm’s way. Consider the following dangers of vaping:
- Vaping is Addictive: The main component of both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes is nicotine, a highly addictive and toxic substance. One may even experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not satisfy their constant craving for this substance.
- Vaping is Linked with Disease: Smoking vapes with nicotine is harmful to one’s health as it raises one’s blood pressure and adrenaline levels. Thus, vaping increases the risk of a heart attack. Moreover, new research indicates associations between vapes and chronic lung disease, asthma, and dual use of e-cigarettes and smoking.
- Vaping can Result in Death: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,807 cases of e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury (EVALI) in February 2020. 68 deaths also resulted.
- Vaping Increases Susceptibility to COVID-19: Individuals who vape have worse lung health, which makes them more prone to infection and severe COVID-19 symptoms if they contract the virus.
- Vaping Worsens Air Quality: In both enclosed and indoor environments, using e-cigarettes has been shown to have a negative impact on the air quality. Additionally, in an outdoor setting with poor circulation, air quality can also be impacted greatly.
Thus, vaping is not a habit you want to permit in your school or your business. Vaping endangers the smoker, the people around them, and your own credibility. To combat vaping, consider purchasing vape sensors. Vape sensors keep people and the environment safe.
Moreover, consider purchasing an all-in-one environmental reader like Verkada’s SV11 sensor if you’d like to have more than just a vape sensors. The Verkada SV11 is sure to help you keep your institution and its people safe and secure.
Updated: Oct 10