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Is Vaping the New Smoking?

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The substance that is vaporized when smoking can be seen below the mouthpiece on the device. The large rectangle part of the device is where the batteries are store (Photo was taken by Kjerstin_Michaela via Pixabay.com).

The substance that is vaporized when smoking can be seen below the mouthpiece on the device. The large rectangle part of the device is where the batteries are store (Photo was taken by Kjerstin_Michaela via Pixabay.com).

The substance that is vaporized when smoking can be seen below the mouthpiece on the device. The large rectangle part of the device is where the batteries are store (Photo was taken by Kjerstin_Michaela via Pixabay.com).

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In the 1950s, smoking cigarettes was extremely popular for adults and teens alike. Smoking used to be considered cool and socially acceptable in restaurants and even some workplaces. As medical research and time has progressed, smoking has become much less common and the number of young smokers has dropped significantly. We now live during an age that has given rise to the popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping.

“Vaping is basically using a device to inhale vegetable glycerin and other chemicals,” says junior Eva Purcell.

Although smoking is viewed as very unhealthy and dangerous, there is less research about the effects of vaping. Due to the few studies on vaping, it is widely regarded as a “healthier” alternative to smoking.

“More people have started vaping because awareness about it has spread. I would think that vaping would have fewer health effects than smoking,” says senior Dylan McDonagh.

Although vaping seems to be the lesser of two evils, it still involves the inhalation of dangerous chemicals that can be damaging to a person’s health.

“I feel like vaping is advertised in a way where it seems better than smoking, but it still has damaging effects,” says junior Ben Yeargin.

People that vape could be exposing their bodies to harmful substances. Scientists and researchers have found carcinogens like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and benzene in some vaping products.

“New vaping technology has been coming out recently and many people have started vaping to follow trends,” says Purcell.

The increase in vaping among teens is shocking. From 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use grew 900 percent among high school students.

“People vape to try to be cool and impress others around them,” says Yeargin.

Even though there are some states that prohibit the teen purchase and possession of vaping devices, many teens are very casual about vaping around others. Some teens also post pictures and videos of themselves on social media vaping or performing tricks with the vapor that they exhale.

“A lot of them vape, so they can do cool tricks like the ones on YouTube. People also like to blow the vapor in people’s faces and do the tricks in public,” says junior KC Nicklaus.

Although adults have the freedom to choose to vape in their own homes, it is essential to be mindful and research the true effects of the chemicals within vaping products. The serious health risks associated with vaping are not to be taken lightly.

“You should be able to enjoy your own activities as long as you are being respectful to others and being mindful of the potential health risks,” says Purcell. 

 
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