Kill Vape Nation

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Sophia Kalakailo, Editor

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In the past, vaping has been said to be a way to quit smoking, yet it is marketed through social media toward teens who have never picked up a cigarette in their life.

In reality, most young people are not using e-cigarettes as cessation devices as a means to halt their nicotine addiction. Therefore, this will not be yet another comparison of the effects of vaping and cigarettes. Unless one is used as a result of the other, the comparison is irrelevant.

Vaping is on the rise, and it does not seem like it will stop any time soon. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2018, 37.3 percent of 12th graders reported “any vaping” in the past twelve months compared to 27.8 percent in 2017. On the younger end, in 2018, more than 1 in 10 eighth graders report they vaped nicotine in the past year.

Knowing the long term effects of vaping is not entirely possible at this time because teen vaping is a newer issue, and the results will not be seen until later in those teens’ lives. However, there is enough research on vaping to know that it is not safe.

The short term effects are already prevalent. According to a study published earlier this month, vaping with or without nicotine could increase arterial stiffness, which contributes to cardiovascular disease and is associated with other fatal medical conditions.

Furthermore, a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that significant amounts of toxic metals, such as lead, leak from some e-cigarette heating coils. Another study from 2015 had reported the same, along with other risks such as cytotoxicity and lung inflammation even without nicotine.

Additionally, the side effects of vaping may include but are not limited to:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • A cough
  • Dry skin
  • Itchiness
  • Dry eyes
  • Insomnia (mainly a quitting side effect)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Bleeding

So in light of all of these risks, why is it that many are convinced it is safe? The answer lies within how they are marketed. The focus of many studies and advertisements is how much safer e-cigarettes are compared to regular cigarettes. However, these studies, which are sometimes funded by e-cigarette companies, and advertisements fail to address the effects of vaping alone. The comparison of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is irrelevant when discussing the risk of vaping alone.

The bottom line is that vaping is not completely safe and could pose a number of health issues in the long term. Even if these long term effects are not known yet, putting anything in your body with little knowledge of its nature is risky, careless and knowingly ignorant.