The Teenage Vape Epidemic

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Hope Taylor

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Trends come and go when you’re in high school, but one fad that is very concerning is vaping or juuling. A recent study performed by the Center for Disease Control shows that 1.5 percent of high school teens had tried e-cigs in 2011. Just four years later, that figure has grown to 16 percent. 

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. Juuling refers to the use of juuls whose “technology is broadly similar to traditional e-cigarettes in that it produces nicotine-infused aerosol vapor. But, instead of heating nicotine liquid as classic e-cigarettes do, the sleek thin JUUL vaporizer heats pods containing propylene glycol, glycerol, flavoring, and nicotine salts. The salts enable JUUL to deliver high concentrations of nicotine that mimic a regular cigarette’s blood absorption pattern marked by a sharp peak and steep drop-off of nicotine levels” (Satel).  

Many people, teens included, begin vaping to curb a smoking habit. Most studies, uniformly show that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco, but the jury is still out on the long-term effects vaping has on teens. Although the nicotine used can help calm teens or cause a “buzz,” it also hinders brain development, unlike cigarettes, vapes can be customized, and the nicotine level can be adjusted. In addition, research has shown that small particles from vapes can get trapped in your lungs and flood your lungs. Beyond the medical risks, one of the biggest safety concerns of e-cigarettes is the potential for their lithium-ion batteries explode sometimes into a person’s face or eyes.  Despite the medical risk, students think it’s cool.

“I vape because it gives me something to do with my hands besides fidgeting with them all the time because of my anxiety,” an anonymous ninth grader.

This fad has taken over high schools.Vaping is one of the most popular things among teenagers today and it doesn’t seem to be coming to an end.

 

 

Satel, Sally. “Why The Panic Over JUUL And Teen Vaping May Have Deadly Results.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 11 Apr. 2018, www.forbes.com/sites/sallysatel/2018/04/11/why-the-panic-over-juul-and-teen-vaping-may-have-deadly-results/#5d4a2214ea48.