By Matt Balmy '21
The first in a series of editorial collaborations between ICA Cristo Rey’s Spartan Press and Riordan High School’s Crusader.
Vaping has skyrocketed to one of the most discussed topics among Americans today due to an increasing amount of people being hospitalized with lung disease. Vaping is one of many options for people who try to quit smoking cigarettes, but is it the most effective? In my opinion, no, because teenagers have found ways to get their hands on these devices. The fruity flavors seem appealing to the youth, making it easier for underage kids to try vaping nicotine, which is 50 times more addictive than heroin. What was thought of as a good idea to help smokers quit is doing the opposite by helping teenagers start nicotine addictions. San Francisco is one of the front-runners in attempting to stop youth vaping by banning vapes entirely. This is a good move because now adults cannot go into a smoke shop and buy a Juul for a 16-year-old. This alone will not stop youth vaping though, because San Mateo County still allows stores to sell vapes, and even worse, vapes with fruity flavors. President Donald Trump is working on a ban of vapes nationwide, and while I don’t think this is a bad idea, I think it will not entirely stop youth vaping.
There are many alternatives for quitting smoking if smokers want to quit without vaping, and some of these alternatives include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and going cold turkey.
Many of the recent vaping deaths are caused from Vitamin E being inhaled into the lungs, which happens because teenagers are buying fake marijuana vapes from street dealers. There are also pesticides and other additives in these marijuana vapes, causing teenagers to contract lung disease.
A solution to this is to only buy products from legitimate dispensaries,or not to inhale foreign substances into your body at all.