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Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Osswald holds one of three Juul devices he has confiscated this year from students at Hamilton Heights High School. The e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and have become popular among teens in Hamilton County.(Photo: Emma Kate Fittes/IndyStar)Buy Photo

Among the stash of items school resource officer Brad Osswald confiscated from Hamilton Heights High School students this year are three small Juuls.

They look harmless sitting next to an empty pint of Jack Daniels and a large vape, appearing more like a flash drive than a cigarette. One is decorated with a pink Marylin Monroe sticker. But the light-weight device that can be hidden in a student’s palm is just that — an e-cigarette that contains nicotine.

“This is the new, young, alternative way of smoking,” said Osswald, a deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriffs Department. 

School and law enforcement officials in Hamilton County have seen Juuls surge in popularity since the end of last school year. And it has them worried it could be introducing a new generation to nicotine addiction.

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In 2017, the Carmel Police Department cited 21 minors with possession of tobacco, and at least 14 cases involved e-cigarettes. Noblesville cited 59. For both suburbs, that’s nearly three times as many as five years ago, before e-cigarettes rose to popularity. In 2012 Carmel had nine citations. Noblesville had 16.

Fishers Police Department reported one citation citywide in 2017. 

About 50 “incidents” have occurred at Noblesville High School so this school year. District spokeswoman Marnie Cooke

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