Vaping Editorial Cartoon

Are you addicted to nicotine? Most people flinch at that sort of question, but nicotine addiction is just as prevalent now as it was when your parents were your age.

It’s definitely a tough thing to face. Long nights out with your friends turn into rotations of passing around someone’s electronic cigarette just to keep the buzz going.

It seems no different than it was 10, 20 and even 30-plus years ago with cigarettes being the main method of use.

However, smoking has taken an evolutionary turn into the unknown.

Smoke breaks have always been a norm when it came to societal stress relief. Nicotine is often used as a stress reliever that ends up turning into a body dependency for frequent users.

Yet, people who smoke cigarettes have lived well into their 70s and 80s. I’m sure we’ve all had grandparents take down a few packs a week for decades without seeing reprocussions until late in their lifetime.

So what’s the difference in smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettess/vapes?

Truthfully, there’s no way to tell the long term affects of e-cigarette chemicals. They haven’t been on the market long enough for those effects to take on the human body.

“Vaping” is another name for using an electronic device to heat up a liquid, which creates a vapor cloud that the user inhales. The “e-liquid” is usually made up of a mix of nicotine in a liquid form, chemical flavorings, and other substances.

Many people use e-cigarettes in an effort to quit smoking traditional forms of tobacco use.

Many young people are introduced to the drug nicotine in the form of vaping without having been tobacco smokers previously.

This is where the problem lies with this generation of nicotine users, as they were introduced to smoking through intended methods of quitting for long-time smokers.

How ironic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40% of those aged 18-24 who use e-cigarette, had never been regular cigarette smokers prior to picking up an e-cigarette.

If you haven’t seen how many students walk on campus in the Quad with their Juuls, Stigs and Poshes in hand, you probably haven’t been looking up from your phone.

This is the world as we know it at this point, as far as when it comes to catching your next buzz. The fact of the matter is, people aged 18-24 don’t really care about their long-term health effects when it comes to e-cigarettes.

Next time you walk on campus, take a look around and count how many you see.

You may not consider it an epidemic just yet, but if 37 total deaths from vaping-related ilnesses doesn’t wake you up, nothing will.

JONATHAN BARLAS is Editor in Chief of The Vidette. He can be reached at jgbarla@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas


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