Observations: Vaping

Bailey Yeary, Staff Writer

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Decades ago, smoking as a teen was very common, until people realized how drastically it affects your long-term health.
Fast-forward to today, teens think smoking makes them trendsetters when they are really following a bad trend and slowly killing themselves.
What teens and young adults nowadays need to understand is that a moment of “cool” can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. Have you ever seen those commercials wherein former smokers show the consequences of smoking when you’re young? Those things are real, and they may become your reality sooner than you think.

I have noticed that vaping has become this huge trend that everybody feels they need to hop on. Vaping through e-cigarettes was originally marketed to aid smokers in the quitting process. Unfortunately, all the different flavors and colors appeal more to the younger generations.
What many kids don’t know is that one vape pod roughly contains the nicotine equivalent of one pack of cigarettes, or 200 puffs. Many people who smoke these e-cigarettes don’t know that the cartridges always contained nicotine.

What I don’t understand is why the FDA is keeping e-cigarettes in stores and online until 2020 when they are reviewed. If we still don’t know all the long-term effects of a product, it shouldn’t be available for purchase, especially on such a broad scale.

I can’t quite understand why vaping is so intriguing to so many people. I’ve never done it, but I’ve seen people do it and it seems kind of boring. I guess it’s the flavors that make it fun, but all you are doing is inhaling toxic water vapor.

According to Michael Joseph Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., of Johns Hopkins Medicine, “What I find most concerning about the rise of vaping is that people who would’ve never smoked otherwise, especially youth, are taking up the habit. … It’s one thing if you convert from cigarette smoking to vaping. It’s quite another thing to start up nicotine use with vaping. And it often leads to using traditional tobacco products down the road.”

It’s quite terrifying how so many people use these products without knowing what will really happen to their bodies in the future. They don’t take into consideration the fact that they could become very ill and die from the effects of e-cigarettes on their bodies.

As someone who is part of the “vaping generation,” I ask that my peers consider the damage they are causing in the hopes of being “cool” and being acknowledged by the popular crowd at school.