Teen Vaping Reaches All time High

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Teen Vaping Reaches All time High

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Vaping- what was supposed to be a gateway to stop cigarette smoking habits in adults has caught the interest of many teens within the past three years. Originally, the e-cigarette was designed to be a “healthier” alternative to traditional smoking methods, however, studies have shown that these are far from harmless and whether or not they actually aid in quitting the habit has not been proven.

Upon the rise of the popular vape pen called Juul created by Silicon Valley, teen vaping has jumped from 11% to 20.9% in the past year alone. Although many actions to stop the increase of this epidemic took place, Richard Miech, who conducted a study on teen vaping concluded, “Because the vaping industry is quickly evolving, new additional, vaping-specific strategies may well be needed in the years ahead in order to keep vaping devices out of the hands of youth.” There has been much-growing concern within schools and families about teen vaping.

Within many schools, anti-smoking and vaping posters have covered the walls and emails to parents containing important factors of teaching their children about the long-time effects of smoking were sent out in hopes to derail the smoking teens. Unfortunately, these actions seem to have had no effects, therefore, United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams has requested to go for a more aggressive method of stopping the vaping epidemic. With this, Juul has deactivated their Facebook and Instagram accounts stating to the Colorado Public Radio (CPR) that they have similar interests of stopping teen vaping. As a result, they have discontinued production of their flavored-pods, a common favorite for teens. This was only “days before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) propose industry-wide restrictions on online and convenience store sales of e-cigarettes to deter use by kids,” according to CPR.

Hopefully, these actions will show a decrease in this horrid issue by the end of 2019, only time can tell. For right now, it is best to educate and understand what picking up a vaping device could mean for the future, and most importantly for health concerns.