Addiction waiting to happen

Jasmine Hood, Author

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   E-cigarettes are just another form of addiction. Teenagers and young adults are becoming addicted to nicotine. These “E-cigs” are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce a mix of small particles in the air. They come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid. The kids nowadays are using e-cigs, kids as young as middle schoolers are using it and are vaping during school hours. Kids are vaping in bathrooms, the back of the classroom, anywhere really where they feel like they can’t get caught. Highschoolers are smoking a whole JUUL pod which contains about two hundred puffs and is equal to one pack of cigarettes according to the product website.  Surveys suggest that over two MILLION middle school students in the U.S are routinely vaping. Stress has been suggested as one of the reasons why some students are vaping along with experimenting and peer pressure. Federal law prohibits the sale of e-cigs to anyone under the age of eighteen and the websites that sell these products require you to check a box saying that you are twenty-one years old or older, box but really any kid can claim to be that age. Teenagers are always going to figure out a way to do something that they are not supposed to do. Kids are gonna experiment with things that they know they wouldn’t do in front of their parents because they want to fit in or be cool. JUUL’s are becoming easier and easier for kids under the age of eighteen to get them. The question is how, how are these kids getting them? Here are some listed ways kids are getting JUUL’s, some are getting them through the most common way, Social sources such as their friends or family members, physical retail locations such as convenient stores, vape stores, and gas stations, and the last way, which isn’t that popular, is online. Even though e-cigs are less toxic than any other tobacco products, they can still cause disease and death in the country. Also using these products as a teenager increases the likelihood that they will be four times more likely of smoking cigarettes than their friends who don’t vape.


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