Blowing Away Students’ Future

Grant Richardson, staff writer

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E-cigarettes are very addictive to teens all around the country. The Food and Drug Administration is considering banning them if the companies that sell them don’t show a decrease in teen usage. E-cigarettes should be banned because of how it is affecting teens these days.

First of all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of high school students using e-cigarettes has “skyrocketed by about 75 percent.” Researchers are saying that teens are getting addicted to these e-cigarettes because of the flavors that they come in and how they are kid friendly flavors.

Examples of these flavors are cotton candy, wildberry, and gummy bear. The idea is that, if the companies stopped making these flavors, vaping wouldn’t be so addictive. Teens wouldn’t view vaping as good if they didn’t include flavors that they like.

Teens are motivated to vape for the first time because it is considered “cool.” It is also extremely easy to vape everywhere and anywhere. Teens are doing this all the time throughout the day and they are able to get away with it very easily. In school, students are always in the bathroom using some sort of e-cigarette, and the staff aren’t able to watch over every bathroom, so they can’t do anything to stop it.

Another problem is that teens do not think of e-cigarettes as bad for you, because it isn’t as bad as regular cigarettes. They just hear that they are better for you than cigarettes and don’t hear the other part about they are still bad for you.

There are some reasons why they shouldn’t ban e-cigarettes. One reason is that they help people over 18 quit smoking by vaping instead. And vaping is definitely better than smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

And, of course, there is the very real problem that it is very hard to get teens to stop anything. There continues to be problems with marijuana and alcohol use among teens, and it’s definitely not going to be easy to get them to stop vaping. More education may help, but often teens do dangerous things because they don’t believe it will harm them.

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. The FDA is considering banning online e-cigarette sales, and has ordered five brands to submit plans showing how they will prevent teens from using their products.

This is a step in the right direction, but we should go further. The FDA should make customers show their IDs if they look like they are under age.

This problem needs to be fixed soon so that this generation doesn’t get worse with their vaping addictions.

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