Say No to Vaping


Jayleen C., Staff Writer

      Did you know that nearly 12% of 12th graders, 6.9% of 10th graders, and 1.9% of 8th graders vape every day, according to a National Institute of Drug Abuse survey? Around 61% of teens who vape do it “to experiment,” 42% because they like the taste, 38% to have a good time, 37% to relieve tension, and 29% to feel good or get high according to Monitoring the Future, 2019. Now let’s get into why these devices are so dangerous to the youth

      E-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug. A recent CDC study found that 99% of all vaping products have nicotine—even the ones that claim to be nicotine-free. Vaping has been linked to heart disease, lung disease, and severe lung injury. E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease. Not only this but it can also contain potentially harmful ingredients, including ultrafine heavy metals particles, such as nickel, tin, and lead that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. 

     These are all things that you definitely do not want in your growing body for many reasons. Adolescent years are important times of brain development. Brain development begins during the growth of the fetus in the womb and continues through childhood and to about the age 25. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can cause addiction and harm the developing brain. Because addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults.

      There are serious, harmful consequences to vaping. More information about the negative effects can be found online on any medical website.