The state of smoking
By: Taylor Hanna
E-cigarettes have been around for a little over a decade. The demand for e-cigarettes and vapes has increased drastically within the past couple of years. More specifically, it has drastically increased between 2017 and 2018 in teens, hypothetically, because of the JUUL. The JUUL is a slim flavored e-cigarette with a high nicotine level that is easily concealable. This makes it easier for college, high school and middle school students to sneak it past people of authority.
A study done by the FDA between 2017 and 2018 shows there was a 78% increase of high school students using e-cigarettes and a 48% increase in middle school students. The American College Health Association, as a part of its National College Health Assessment, shows that only 12.9% of students said they had used an e-cigarette in the past thirty days. Contrarily, 79.9% of students said they perceived their classmates smoked in the past thirty days.
Some people dramatize the use of vaping on college campuses. A few stories have been told of people vaping in class and letting the vapor fly free. However, the majority of people are discrete and private about the act. Lots of students will leave a class to go to the bathroom as to not bother anyone or get caught. In fact, according to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, 1,965 campuses have banned the use of any type of tobacco product, including Reinhardt.
The reason this is becoming a concern now is because of the risk of diseases and death. Since the brain is still developing in middle school, high school, and college years, smoking of any kind can change the way the brain works. This can lead to addiction, impulsive behaviors and mood disorders. These possible adverse effects are too harmful and risky to indulge in.
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