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Want to die early? Vape now!

By: Beck Novakovic

Editor: Rural Huertas


TEEN PERSPECTIVE


Many teens are peer pressured into using vapes. Most teens think that vaping is affecting your brain function and is extremely addictive. But that small percentage of teens that think vaping doesn't affect themselves are just hurting themselves. One teen at a school in Arkansas was using her JUUL (a JUUL is a vape), when it suddenly blew up in her face. Not only was the inside of her mouth burned, but her lips had blisters as well. Not only do vapes affect and damage your brain and lungs, they are also unpredictable.




PARENT PERSPECTIVE


Many parents who smoke try to shield their kids from their unhealthy habit -- but those who vape may not take the same precautions, a new study suggests. The study surveyed over 700 parents who smoked cigarettes, used e-cigarettes or both. The researchers found that most -- regardless of their product of choice -- had a "strict" smoke-free policy at home. Yet few e-cigarette users had banned vaping from their homes: Only around one-quarter had done so -- versus 73 percent of parents who only smoked cigarettes. Altogether, the findings suggest that parents who vape are unaware of the risks to their kids, said senior researcher Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, of Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston.





TEACHERS PERSPECTIVE


As students return to campuses amid an ongoing youth e-cigarette epidemic, it is important that teachers and administrators know how to respond if they – or their school’s vape detector – catch students vaping. Schools play a central role confronting and addressing youth tobacco use, but recent Truth Initiative research shows that many educators don’t know what to do when students violate smoke- or tobacco-free policies and use tobacco products on campus. More than 2 million middle and high school students use e-cigarettes, according to the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey.



WEBSITES USED


1.https://www.sbh4all.org/2020/04/the-honest-truth-behind-e-cigarettes-a-teens-perspective/

2. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/teens-on-what-they-really-think-about-vaping

3.https://childmind.org/article/teen-vaping-what-you-need-to-know/

4.https://breathepa.org/teen-vaping/

5.https://www.lung.org/blog/teen-vaping-dangers-documentary

6.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8894141/

7.https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisonescalante/2021/08/13/parents-new-research-shows-how-to-keep-your-kids-from- vaping-and-why-tiktok-isnt-helping/

8. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/07/health/kids-vaping-smoking-awareness-study-wellness-trnd/index.html

9.https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/emerging-tobacco-products/classroom-crisis-how-youth-vaping-epidemic-impacting#:~:text=The%20majority%20of%20teachers%20said,impacted%20clubs%2C%20teams%20or%20activities.

10.https://truthinitiative.org/sites/default/files/media/files/2020/04/Truth_Teacher%20Report_FINAL.pdf




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