Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Corona-Torres, Brandon, Reporter

How often does vaping happen in schools? Intel gathered from a federal survey back in September showed that 27.5% of students in school have used an e-cigarette. That is around one in every four students at school. Back in 2018, 20.8% of students vaped and in 2017, 11.7% of students have used an e-cigarette.

Students are not aware of the dangers that things such as vaping can cause. E-cigarettes are not risk-free. Vaping can still cause brain damage to teens and young adults. The brain doesn’t stop growing until a person reaches the age of 25. Nicotine, an addictive substance that is put into e-cigarettes, affects the brain and makes it want more. Since the brain in younger people is not yet fully developed, it makes it easier for teens to get addicted to nicotine.

E-cigarettes also contain a chemical called benzene. This is a harmful chemical that is also found in car exhaust. Inhaling can cause serious lung disease as well as other harmful effects to your body. Not only that, but vaping is only the first step. Students will go from vaping to even more dangerous substances like alcohol and drugs and we all know what happens to people when they try those types of things.