The Dangers of Vaping

Meghan Anderson, Reporter

Studies show that 1 in every 4 high school students in the United States are subject to vaping. A device originally invented to help people quit smoking, vaping is now becoming an epidemic spreading like wildfire throughout not only high schools, but middle schools as well. 

In 2018, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 30.7% of teens start smoking within 6 months of vaping while 8.1% non-users started smoking. These numbers are unreal considering the e-cig was created to help smokers quit their habit.

E-cigs first came available to the United States in 2003 with the good intent of helping people. The creators of the e-cigarette were not required to publicize e-cig ingredients, therefore we do not actually know what is in them.

In August of 2019, death was becoming a side effect of vaping. Thought doctors are not certain what is causing these deaths, it would be a good idea to steer clear of e-cigarettes. 

A common lung deformity is called Popcorn Lung. Popcorn Lung was first caused by breathing in a chemical used to flavor popcorn, but now it is also caused from vaping. Popcorn lung is the nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans which caused when harmful chemicals are inhaled. It damages the user’s lungs’ smallest airways and causes the person to cough and feel shortness of breath. Many cases, patients have also reported dizziness, breathing difficulty, chest pain, and hospitalization.