THE “BUZZ” WITH VAPING
Vaping is spreading more and more throughout people’s every day lives. In July 2017 the Juul was created for adults to have a different way to smoke. Since then vaping has become more and more popular with teens.
Assistant Principal of Discipline Ms. Di Meola said, “In the first semester about 40 Juuls and wax pens were confiscated. This is a problem because Juuls are being marketed towards teens.
Adults don’t care for the flavors like teens do, and it is very obtain. It is so dangerous because the nicotine is very addictive. The other chemicals in the juice are so harmful and we don’t know how it could affect someone in the future. If a student is caught the consequences are three days off campus and if they are caught with a wax pen it is nine days off campus.”
The pod that goes into the Juul holding the nicotine can deliver about 200 puffs.
Right now a single Juul pod can hold up to 5% nicotine which is the amount in a whole pack of cigarettes. Considering the average teen smoker smokes one pod a week, in five weeks that is like smoking 100 cigarettes.
The Juul is a battery operated device that works by heating the liquid inside the pod. The “juice” contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. By heating the liquid it creates a vapor that people inhale. Nicotine is a toxic substance, and by inhaling the vapor people increase the chances of having a heart attack and risk getting cancer. It raises blood pressure and spikes up a person’s adrenaline.
E-cigarettes put nicotine in the lungs and bloodstream. Some of the chemicals can irritate the airways in the lungs and the chemicals in e-cigarettes can negatively impact brain development. The side affects from nicotine are increased heart rate and blood pressure, lung disease, chronic bronchitis, and insulin resistance leading to type 2 diabetes. Some studies have found that formaldehyde and an antifreeze ingredient are some of the unhealthy chemicals. Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and may cause asthma. An antifreeze ingredient only takes a small amount to poison the body and cause life-threatening situations. Not only does the vapor affect the user, it also effects the nonusers that are close by.
Kids are getting away with having a Juul at school because it looks like a flash drive. Most teens today are getting caught by posting videos of them vaping on social media. Hopefully society can see how harmful vaping is. It is spreading throughout teens lives more and more every day.