Vaping Clouds Teens Thinking as Deaths Worry Many

Many products such as the brand Stiizys are sold at the Ace of Spades Smoke Shop located across the street from Godinez Fundamental High School on the corner of Fairview and Edinger Street in Santa Ana, Calif.

Samantha Trejo

Many products such as the brand Stiizys are sold at the Ace of Spades Smoke Shop located across the street from Godinez Fundamental High School on the corner of Fairview and Edinger Street in Santa Ana, Calif.

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Many people in America have been vaping blindly with the belief of no consequences.

2019, is the year where deaths have been officially confirmed due to the use of vapes and Juuls. Health authorities believe that these deaths are due to injuries caused by the chemicals contained in these products which affect young people’s health the most. Recent reports according to NBC News, show that the first person in Nebraska died due to lung illness related to e-cigarettes. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services did not identify the person who died but said they were age 65 and had not been vaping long.

News of kids dying to vape has not changed my opinion rather it has strengthened it.”

— senior Mauricio Rosette

The most recent death in Nebraska adds to a death toll of 15 people who have died from vaping products.

Teens who are underage and unable to purchase these products legally, turn to buy them illegally on the black market and from other illegal sellers, without knowing what they contain. Nicotine levels in e-cigarettes are highly irregular, and levels are constantly changing to the point where some levels reach near combustable levels and are poisonous.

Local employee, Tony (who did not want to give his last name), at Ace of Spades Smoke Shop in Santa Ana said, “Yes, for the past 6-7 years, since I used to smoke cigarettes, vaping helped me stop with no issues.” Tony also added, “When it comes to teenagers dying recently that is because they are getting products that are not from legit companies, so they burn chemicals that are not legit and original together.” 

Senior Christian Vera,  said, “I sincerely do not know very much about the subject. I believe that as long as the individual is mature enough and able to limit the usage of the product then they should be fine,” after being asked if he thought vaping was good or bad. 

The most recent deaths of vaping have stirred panic causing people to stop smoking e-cigarettes.  There are more than 800 plus cases of lung illness reported across the U.S. according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Panic has reached higher government officials.  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has called for a four-month ban on vape and e-cigarette sales throughout Massachusetts and the governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, has called for a state emergency banning all e-cigarette flavors. If the health department approves of the ban on e-cigarette flavors on October 9, 2019. Then they will permanently ban all flavored e-cigarette products containing THC.

 

Samantha Trejo
Ace of Spades Smoke Shop located across the street on the corner of Fairview and Edinger Streets near Godinez Fundamental High School.

 

Senior, Jaelyn Sandoval-Rios said,  “I do plan on vaping in the future if it helps me with stress. But to vape just so I can be ‘trendy’ I wouldn’t do it.”  

Vaping has had plenty of controversy in the media causing people to turn against it. Mauricio Rosette, senior, said, “News of kids dying to vape has not changed my opinion rather it has strengthened it.” Rosette added, “vaping is harmful because it serves as a gateway drug that ultimately leads to more extreme drugs like cocaine.”

Many teens exposed to media are not educated enough on the issue of vapes and their potential health risks. Teens that are underage buy products that are not from the big companies selling them, so they end up with harmful products that cause dangers to their health. It is highly likely that the Health Department will approve of the ban on e-cigarette flavors.

More states have joined the ban on e-cigarettes and vaping including: New York, Michigan and Rhode Island. The actual cause of how people are dying has not been determined.