Rise of popularity in e-cigarettes raises red flags

As students, we often think we are invincible. We don’t see consequences as things that can actually hurt us, and even when we’re making tough choices and decisions we inadvertently assume we’ll be okay.

However, it’s important for us to be reminded that we are not indestructible and some things can and will hurt us. The Blazer staff believes that students don’t always fully consider the consequences of their actions, and we believe that vaping is a prime example.

According to the Center on Addiction, vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. Vaping is a more recent trend, first becoming mainstream in 2010. Because of its newness, there isn’t much known about vaping or any health effects that can come with it.

Students and parents should be more vigilant and informed about vaping before they or their child integrate it into their daily lives.

We believe that many students who vape aren’t actually considering the consequences it may come with. Just because nothing happens to your body immediately doesn’t mean it’s not affecting the body in the long run.

While they’re not cigarettes, according to WebMD many e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance which has also been linked to heart problems. Other brands of e-cigarettes contain chemicals like formaldehyde, an ingredient used in antifreeze and household cleaning products that can cause cancer. Many even use diacetyl for flavoring, a chemical that has been known to cause lung cancer when inhaled.

Students should be more careful to be informed about the habits they introduce to their lives because, despite what we might think, we are not invincible.