The effects of vaping on the youth

Thomas Metcalf, Editor-in-chief

 Over the last couple of years, e-cigarettes, or its many other forms and names like vape pens, e-hookah, mods, and just e-cigs for short, have skyrocketed as a safer alternative to smoking. But it still has some of the same issues that smoking presents, such as addiction due to traces of nicotine which is a highly addictive and damaging drug.

  The legal minimum age to vape is 18 years, but this could change to 21 in Washington along with the usage and purchase of cigarettes and other smoking-related products. But, it has become a large problem for teens under 18. In 2011, one out of every 50 students said that they use e-cigarettes. This number has gone up to eight of every 50 students in 2015 and is still rapidly rising.

  “It can cause issues anytime you ingest nicotine,” says Chase Covert. “It doesn’t have any positive effect.”

  Vaping has been known to be safer than smoking and can be seen as a way for anyone who was previously addicted to smoking to stop. A common practice when vaping is to slowly decrease the nicotine levels over time to fight the addiction.

  “I stopped vaping on a regular basis when school started. But I was pretty stressed one time and vaped again. I rarely vape now,” said senior Keri Jones.

  A majority of teens who vape do it for the flavor or just to vape in general as it has become a trend and something generally “cool” to do. But the risk of addiction because of the traces of nicotine in many forms of vaping is immense.

  When asked whether or not vaping is an issue for the youth, Covert responded with, “Yes. Parents need to be more strict.”

  In conclusion, vaping is today’s version of smoking. The youth are getting addicted to the nicotine at an alarming rate has virtually no signs of slowing down.