E-Cigarettes are Detrimental to Our Youth

Garrett Sellers, Features Editor, Paper Layout

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E-cigarettes are devices that include vape mods, JUULs, and vape pens. All these products contain an E-liquid that has nicotine, an addictive drug naturally found in tobacco products. Nicotine in cigarettes makes smoking so addictive, and the same is true for vaping. These electronic products allow nicotine to be inhaled, by heating a liquid containing nicotine, flavors, and other chemicals by turning it into a vapor.

One problem with vaping is that teens hear that it’s not as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes and think there is no harm. But just those words tell us it is still harmful. Smoking never stopped being cool. It’s still positively portrayed in movies, and JUUL in particular has created a new trend in vaping, an even cooler alternative to smoking. But vaping isn’t only for the cool kids, because many teens are curious and, presented with the opportunity, they will give it a try. Although some places are tightening restrictions locally, kids can still go to a website, click a button that says they are at least 21 years old, and purchase online. The majority of adolescents are purchasing their JUUL from the Internet.

Even children who are too young to smoke have been harmed by e-cigarettes and related products. The liquid is highly concentrated, so absorbing it through the skin or swallowing it is far more likely to require an emergency room visit than eating or swallowing regular cigarettes.

The availability of flavors is one reason teens use and are curious about trying e-cigarettes and it is no surprise considering tobacco companies market their flavored products to attract kids and young adults. “We have people addicted to nicotine who would have never smoked a cigarette had it not been for the attractive products that target our young people,” said Shamann Walton, a former president of the San Francisco Board of Education. Young people are more likely to try flavored e-cigarettes and believe that they are less harmful than tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.

Teenagers are so susceptible to trying these products not only because a new trend and teens just want fit in but they are taught to believe that it’s not as bad as cigarettes so it’s okay to use. In reality these products harm so many kids and affect their lives not only physically but the cost of these habits are so tremendous it will affect you financially too. So teens need to quite today before it’s too late.