Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot continues to make an effort to better the city as she proposes a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes. She claims they are “the gateway” for teens and young adults to become addicted to nicotine as well as vaping and she wants to do whatever she can to bring usage in Chicago to a halt.
The use of vaping and juuling has sharply increased in recent years which has lead to more health risks and sometimes even death as a result of vaping. To date there have been a total of 19 deaths along with over 1,000 vaping-related illness that have been confirmed in the United States alone. These numbers are only climbing higher. It shouldn’t take the loss of life for something to be done about this dangerous epidemic.
These e-cigarettes aren’t doing anything to benefit the teens and young adults that they’re targeting. The whole purpose of e-cigarettes was to give those who smoke cigarettes an alternative to help them quit. We clearly see that wasn’t successful. Raymond Lopez, Chicago alderman of the 15th ward, said to the Chicago Tribune that “…when you’re marketing a tool to help you quit smoking, and you’re selling it as a vanilla flavor, a cherry flavor, a pineapple flavor, that’s not a tool that’s designed to help you quit.” And he’s absolutely right. All these different flavors are doing is causing more and more people to become addicted.
Being able to spot the symptoms of this vaping-related illness early on can be the thing that potentially saves lives. According to the Today show, doctors say you should be on the lookout symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightening, fatigue, and fever. If you feel that you have any of these symptoms, you should go to the doctor right away so issues can be caught early and put under control as soon as possible.
According to the Today show, doctors say you should be on the lookout symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightening, fatigue, and fever.
I’m not sure how successful our mayor will be in getting the e-cigarettes banned, but it’s great to see a politician actually care about more than themselves. Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator, is in full agreement with Lightfoot. “We’ve got to convince students, first, that it’s a bad idea to vape. We’ve got to convince their parents that it’s not a harmless cloud of smoke around their heads.” Hopefully things begin to turn around and no more lives are negatively affected by this extremely dangerous epidemic.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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