Teen Vaping Epidemic

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Abby Richardson, staff

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In recent years, there has been an epidemic with teenagers vaping. This recent vaping has become a “popular” trend among young people. But the reason E-Cigarettes (E-cigs) were created in the first place was to help adults quit their smoking habit, not for teenagers to start a new trend.

Even though smoking cigarettes is far more harmful than E-cigs, they are still posing a big health risk. Especially among young people because according to A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report, studies have proven that their use in E-cigs increases their risk of eventually moving to traditional cigarettes.

In 2018, there was a 75 percent increase in vaping among high schoolers than there was in 2017. The FDA also warned online retailers that if they sale e-cigarettes to teens under 18 then they will be fined. They also warned stores such as Walmart, Walgreens, 7 Eleven, and other gas stations.

The epidemic is threatening an entire new generation and hooking them on nicotine. It is only being brought into today’s society because teens are peer pressuring others into doing it. The young generation has been taught that vaping is cool from posts on social media and from what’s going on in today’s schools. A big factor in why kids need to stop vaping is because of the big health risk that comes along with it and if this continues then we will have a bigger problem with our next generation.