People are risking it all for vaping

This poll also showed that the amount of teenage boys who vape is almost double than the amount of teenage girls who vape.  Graphic credit: Maham Rizwan.

This poll also showed that the amount of teenage boys who vape is almost double than the amount of teenage girls who vape. Graphic credit: Maham Rizwan.

Maham Rizwan, Staff Writer

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Vaping has been a new trend emerging at many high schools. Vapes are similar to electronic cigarettes and the original function was to help smokers quit by introducing a “healthier” alternative. Ironically, even though the original function vaping was to be a safe way to quit smoking, the growing popularity of vaping among teenagers will cause more people to become addicted. The difference between a cigarette and a vape is that a vape is produced by water vapor and, therefore, delivers less nicotine to the body. However, even a significantly less amount of nicotine still stresses all parts of the body. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute states that smoking is one of the most preventable deaths in America because one in five people die due to smoking. High schoolers that partake in the vaping fad are usually unaware of the health risks. One juul pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. Risks for teenagers are more serious because vaping can stunt the development of brains, thus, affecting memory and attention. The flavoring of vapes have been tested by Harvard University and the results show that it contains diacetyl. Diacetyl is the most common cause for popcorn lung, which is a respiratory disease and can do some serious harm to the airways. Vaping is a fad that will have lasting consequences on the bodies of young people, and spreading awareness is the only way to combat the growing epidemic.

 

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