Vaping in School is Not Cool


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Jamie Burgin, Social Media Manager

Across the nation, a dangerous trend has affected many high schoolers and their brain development, vaping.

According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 1 in 3 high school seniors reported using a vaping device in 2017.

Vapes and E-cigarettes were introduced to the US to anyone above the age of 18 in 2006. The devices were originally targeted towards cigarette smokers looking to quit.

Unfortunately, many avid vapers of today were first introduced to nicotine and other harmful chemicals through vaping.

Students tend to think that vaping is safer if the e-liquids, or “vape juice”, do not contain nicotine. However, e-liquids can still contain harmful chemicals and carcinogens.

If the device does contain nicotine, effects are even worse. Nicotine can harm the developing brain, and become extremely addictive.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns that teens and young adults who use e-cigarette devices are more likely to become addicted to other drugs and substances later on.

“I don’t think kids really know what they’re putting in their bodies, they just think it’s cool,” Hannah Richner (10) said.

Despite E-Cigarettes and vapes being banned on campus, students sneak the devices into school and use them in secret during the day.

If a student is caught with a vaping device at school, the vape is confiscated and their parents are notified. The student may also have to serve an after school detention. However, if the student is caught actively vaping on campus, they are assigned ISS in addition to the device being confiscated.

“I think a lot of students think it’s accessible and I think it’s scary because students don’t understand the dangers of vaping,” Assistant Principal Laurie Chamblee said.

During the previous school year, Student Council made an effort to educate students on the dangers of vaping. This year, efforts have been made to inform students by many organizations and administrators.

“Student council was met with a hostile response, but I still think students and especially parents need to be informed about the dangers,” Student Council Sponsor Shelly Jipp said.

The attempt to stop Cedar Ridge students from vaping has not ended, and administrators do not want it to.

“I think students need to know all the negative effects instead of just being told ‘don’t do it,” Elissa Mullin (11) said.

The one thing faculty, and even experts, seem to agree on is that the key to stopping the epidemic is to educate teens on the dangers of vaping.

The CDC advises parents and adults to talk to teens and educate them over the dangers, and encourage them to do their own research over the topic.