I know y’all are tired of me talking about this topic, but I’m not going to stop until I stop hearing about it all over the news. Vaping is bad for you! What are people not understanding? I’m getting tired of seeing people around my age (and otherwise) being hospitalized because they want to look cool by vaping. Your health is more important than any image you could put out to others.
There’s this misconception that vaping, or juuling, is supposed to be a more healthy alternative to smoking, but with all the recent reports of the dangers surrounding vaping, this obviously isn’t true. E-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine that can cause addiction, especially in teens and young adults. Smoking e-cigarettes can also damage your lungs as well as affect brain development in younger users. The human brain isn’t fully developed until age 25 and vaping isn’t going to positively affect that. That’s right, age 25.
According to CNN, the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA) has received a total of 127 reports of seizures along with other neurological issues that are likely to have been caused by vaping. The majority of these cases were of teens and young adults. In this CNN article, Dr. Ned Sharpless, the acting FDA commissioner, said “Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine toxicity.” Don’t think you’re exempt just because you’re a first time user or having been vaping for an extended period of time. Of these 127 reports, there were first time users as well as more experienced users who were affected. Keep in mind, only 127 reports have been made. Who knows how many more people could be affected by this and just haven’t reported it yet. Addiction isn’t the only issue people who vape are facing. Their entire bodies can be affected.
Many may feel that this isn’t necessarily a problem that really needs to be addressed, but because of the large number of users who are predominantly teens and young adults, something needs to be done to ensure that more aren’t being harmed from this toxic habit. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that there are more than 3.5 million middle and high schoolers who vape and I don’t see that number dropping any time soon. The more people that jump on this bandwagon, the more hospitalizations we’ll continue to see.
ABC News reported that people in Wisconsin as well as in our own state of Illinois have been seriously affected and hospitalized. Eleven people from Wisconsin and three people from Illinois were hospitalized with severe lung disease. All 14 of these people reported that they had recently vaped. The severity of all the cases varied, but the point is that people are really putting their health at stake all for a habit that they think is harmless.
I’m not trying to seem like I’m scolding the people reading this, but I just can’t stand seeing people destroy their bodies. There are so many healthy habits to pick up like exercising or eating healthy. Things that’ll actually benefit your body and your mental health. Don’t fall into peer pressure. Just because you see other people doing something, that doesn’t mean that you have to. No one even knows the long term effects of vaping and the severity of the damage that it can do.
Would you like to have a little fun now and ultimately suffer later, or would you like to feel a little left out now and be much healthier later? My point is your should treat your body well and respect it. It’s the only one you’ll ever get.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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