EUGENE, Ore. -- Sheldon High School received a $400 grant to buy a lung simulator, allowing them to teach students the effects of vaping and smoking.
Northwest Community Credit Union provided the grant.
The simulator is a series of PVC pipes attached to pig lungs.
Health teacher Ann Hettick said if even one kids sees the toll smoking can take on your body and chooses not to try it, or to quit, then she will feel she has been successful.
"To show the impact cigarettes have on lungs, mainly the impact tar has on lungs, because people when they think of lungs, they don't think of lungs as tissue, and I wanted to show how tar can stick into the lungs," she said.
One student said smoking doesn’t make sense.
“I think it's just a weird popularity contest that doesn't exist, so people feel the need to compete in it,” said student Dylan Dillion.
Hettick said research shows when kids get hooked on nicotine at this age -- by vaping, smoking cigarettes, etc. -- the chances of them smoking later in life goes up dramatically.