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The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?

The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?

By Nina Lavezzo-Stecopoulos and Noah Bullwinkle

October 10, 2019

Advertisements for e-cigarettes, including JUUL, the e-cigarette which represents 76.1 percent of the market (Nielsen), have been a contentious issue between vaping companies and the federal government. In a July 2019 congressional hearing on JUUL, information was released about a representative from...

Illnesses and deaths spark efforts to curb vaping

Illnesses and deaths spark efforts to curb vaping

By Lindsay Ruhl and Marcus Johnson

October 10, 2019

Twenty-three people nationwide have died from vaping-related illnesses this year, according to U.S. health officials. Vaping has always been advertised as a “safe” alternative to smoking. However, with new studies showing people with severe lung problems, the safety of vaping seems not fully understood. “What...

Rising teen use, dangers of JUULs cause concerns

Rising teen use, dangers of JUULs cause concerns

By Priyanka Anand and Sharlene Chen

October 9, 2019

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the early 2000s, adolescent smoking reached new lows due to realization of the health hazards of nicotine and tobacco within communities. However, with the rise of new technology such as e-cigarettes, teen smoking has began to skyrocket again,...

Vaping: Is Brentwood Hooked?

Vaping: Is Brentwood Hooked?

By Jonas Wall, Brentwood High School

October 9, 2019

Frequent trips to the bathroom to calm the nerves and groups huddled together with their heads down to fill the craving of nicotine are a common sight to see in any American high school. It is common knowledge that teenage vaping has been widespread in recent years. From the perspective of parents and...

“Vaping” becomes a dangerous trend among teens

“Vaping” becomes a dangerous trend among teens

By Olyvia Flemming, John Sevier Middle School

October 9, 2019

Tobacco has been an epidemic around the world since it was first harvested and used. The cancer-causing plant, filled with addictive nicotine, has had a major negative impact on the world. Alternative methods to smoking tobacco have been produced, such as vaping, juuling and smokeless tobacco. Vaping...

The stewing storm of sweet smoke

The stewing storm of sweet smoke

By Peter Dang and Cade Spencer

October 8, 2019

A teenage boy hides away in a bathroom stall as he slowly takes a small device from his pocket. Lifting the e-cigarette to his mouth, the boy inhales a puff of smoke. As he exhales, a light haze of sweet vapor fills the room. This very scene has become commonplace in high schools across the nation. ...

LETHAL VAPOR: At least 12 deaths so far from mysterious vaping illness

LETHAL VAPOR: At least 12 deaths so far from mysterious vaping illness

By Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks and Sivan Karz

October 8, 2019

There are lots of reasons not to vape. For one thing, it’s against Shalhevet rules, as Principal Daniel Weslow announced to the community at an assembly in the fall of last year. Vaping can also cause addiction to nicotine -- the most addictive part of tobacco -- even though it contains no tobacco....

“We’ve stopped keeping track” EHS school resource officer says vaping is a troubling and growing problem at EHS

“We’ve stopped keeping track” EHS school resource officer says vaping is a troubling and growing problem at EHS

By Vivian Cedillo and Julian Galvan

October 3, 2019

"We don't even keep track. It is so many now. It has grown in popularity. Back in the day, it was cigarettes. Now it is so incredibly common that we've just stopped keeping track," said Matthew Creaghe, the EHS school resource officer. Based on the number of e-cigarettes confiscated at Englewood High...

SCCC students speak up about future of vaping

SCCC students speak up about future of vaping

By Calen Moore, Seward County Community College

October 2, 2019

A puff of steam escaped Hailey Logarth’s mouth and filled the room. The air smelled like strawberry, mint, watermelon and tasted like candy. However, behind the bubble gum exterior lies controversy. So much so, that Logarth asked for her name to be changed. The vaping controversy began in earnest...

Vaping illness sends alum to ICU

Vaping illness sends alum to ICU

By Molly Burgener, Lake Forest High School

October 2, 2019

Marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, the e-cigarette has come under intense federal scrutiny after being linked to 12 deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations this year. Alum Frank Phillips, 19, said he spent eight days in an intensive care unit because of complications connected...