Vaping, One of The Worst Things You Can Do To Yourself

Maggie Green, Staff Writer

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Vaping is one of the most unhealthy things you can do to your body these days. Contrary to popular belief, vaping is just as bad as smoking, just with different consequences, and more and more kids are doing it everyday. Vaping is a gateway to smoking, which we know the long term effects of. Also, one of the scarier parts of vaping is that it’s so new we don’t know what the long term effects are and what it can do to your lungs in the long run.

 

The FDA has officially classified vaping as an epidemic in the US, however the agency has yet to officially ban e-cigarettes. The agency is considering banning flavored vapes, which are the preferred products of teen users. A statement made by the CEO of the American Lung Association claims, “This year’s report finds a disturbing failure of the federal government and states to take action to prevent and reduce tobacco use in 2018, placing the health and lives of Americans at risk, including our youth.” In 2018, the amount of high school aged e-cigarette users increased exponentially by about 75% from 2017.

 

A study from the University of North Carolina found that the two primary ingredients found in e-cigarettes—polypropylene glycerol and vegetable glycerin—are toxic to cells, and the more ingredients in an e-liquid, the greater the toxicity. E-cigarettes also contain acrolein, an herbicide primarily used to kill weeds. It can cause acute lung injury and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and can also lead to

asthma and lung cancer.  Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have warned about the risks of inhaling secondhand e-cigarette emissions, which are created when an e-cigarette user exhales the chemical cocktail created by e-cigarettes.

Adolescent vapers are more likely to smoke and abuse other substances later in life. It paves the way for future addictions and can ruin your future.  

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