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That’s what keeps Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Jane Staffem awake at night, she told a group of dozens of business leaders during the principals’ talk Thursday morning at a major Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce meeting.

As part of a discussion of the challenges facing South Dakota schools today, Staffim explained that attendance is still “declining” from COVID-19, and children’s use of vape products or addiction to vaping is increasing across the country.

“If I could find the person who invented (vaping) and start marketing it to children, I would strangle them,” said Staffim, adding that even students in elementary school had access to it through family members or by theft.