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Francis Howell School District files a lawsuit against JUUL

FHSD’s suit has not been responded to by JUUL, however the company is legally required to respond to all suits.

By Mansi Mamidi and Waha Siddiqui

December 12, 2019

Francis Howell School District (FHSD) filed a lawsuit on Oct. 7 against JUUL Labs Inc. (JUUL) for intentional harm out of the district’s control, joining many other school districts throughout the country. This situation isn’t a class-action lawsuit, but rather a multi-district lawsuit, in which...

HB joins the fight against vaping

The cardiovascular system is painted on the wall outside the biology classrooms. The nicotine in vape and e-cigarette products have been proven to negatively impact the lungs, contributing to the concern the vaping epidemic will affect the health of youth for years to come. “There is an epidemic in our school of under-aged nicotine consumption… I think that this year that they did a really great job by bringing in Breathe NH… it was much more effective: there was a lot of data, statistics, infographics and [comparisons] especially to cigarettes,

By Hannah Riseman and Ella Mouradian

December 11, 2019

Across the country, the use of vape and e-cigarette products has been on the rise. The percent of students vaping recently rose from 11.7 in 2017 to 27.5 in 2019, a drastic increase Hollis and Brookline haven’t been immune to. On Nov. 13 and Nov. 21, Hollis-Brookline High School welcomed guest spea...

DGS still buzzed by Juul epidemic

As of Nov. 5, 2019, 39 people have died due to vape-related illnesses.

By Ariel Oh, Teagan Smith, Alex Miranda, and Paul Szmanda

December 9, 2019

The presence of vaping at DGS has drawn attention from students, teachers and other staff. What used to be a social trend has evolved into something extremely different, and teenage vaping rates and injuries continue to rise. As of 2019, there have been 39 deaths linked to vaping, and for Illinois, 137...

Montgomery County sues Juul in latest effort to end vaping epidemic

MCPS recently sued Juul Labs and Altria Group. MCPS alleges that they violated federal racketeering laws and the Maryland and Montgomery County Consumer Protection Acts.

By Sammy Heberlee, Walt Whitman High School

December 2, 2019

As part of Montgomery County’s ongoing efforts to curb teen use of electronic cigarettes and vaping, the Montgomery County Council authorized a lawsuit Oct. 16 against Juul Labs and Altria Group, a company that owns a 35% stake in Juul. The lawsuit claims that the e-cigarette manufacturers and distributors...

New research uncovers health risks of vaping

The different contents within a Juul and a Vape pen.

By Megan Neal, Piper High School

November 20, 2019

The teen vaping epidemic has taken a turn for the worst as new research surfaces, bringing into question if vaping is truly the safer alternative to cigarettes many companies claim it to be. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been 26 confirmed vape related deaths, along with 1,30...

One simple ‘NO’ can save peoples’ lives

By Shree Delwadia and Regan Blood

November 19, 2019

The simple consent or thought to vape is all it takes for one to join the thousands in today’s society that are part of an epidemic called vaping. Many people can conclude that the rates of vaping, among teens especially, continue to escalate every day. It has become common place to hear about anothe...

Vaping can lead to serious pulmonary illnesses

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to pediatric lung specialist Dr. Brooke Moore, when looking at an x-ray of healthy lungs, the lungs should appear dark black, as they are filled with air. However, as of Oct. 1, over 1000 cases of a vaping-related illness have been reported. This illness causes otherwise healthy teens to present with pneumonia-like x-rays. White fluffy clouds of inflammation replace the black coloration of air in the x-ray.

By Maggie Klaers, St. Louis Park High School

November 19, 2019

Years ago, senior Quentin Cloutier said he began vaping, but noticed adverse effects as his dependence on nicotine grew. “I was 16 when I started (vaping). I’ve been doing it for a really long time,” Cloutier said. “It’s for the buzz effect, honestly. It’s a stress reliever, but it’s a...

Vaping epidemic leads to illnesses, deaths

DID YOU KNOW? This poster explaining the health and criminal risks of dab pens hangs in classrooms around campus. An anonymous tip line is available for students to call in regards to dab pens.

By Summer Rains, Willis High School

November 11, 2019

Watermelon, Strawberry, Blue Raspberry Pop and Tobacco Dream.  Most students are just now coming to the realization that, “hitting it” is killing them. The death toll has risen to 39 people and hundreds of others are facing life threatening illnesses according to the CDC. Incidents like this are...

A deeper look into the district’s actions against vaping

Assistant superintendent Alvie Cater sat down with Mill Valley News staffers to explain how the district is addressing the issue of vaping within schools Friday, October 25.

By Anna Owsley, Mill Valley High School

November 5, 2019

The USD 232 school district was among the first across the nation to take such public and decisive action against e-cigarettes as its lawsuit against Juul Labs, Inc. However, the district’s objectives encompass far more than a settlement. With the occurrence of student suspensions related to e-...

The Blue Valley School District takes legal action against JUUL

The Blue Valley School District joined a lawsuit against JUUL on Oct. 14.

By Megan Yates, Blue Valley Northwest High School

November 4, 2019

Joining the Olathe, DeSoto, Goddard, Concordia and Shawnee Mission school districts, Blue Valley has decided to sue JUUL.  The Blue Valley school district is being represented by the Goza & Honnold law firm, located in Overland Park, Kan.  Addressing Blue Valley staff members in an email,...

CDC links vaping to 33 deaths in U.S.

Those who vape at Mac have reacted to the CDC report in different ways. To some, the CDC findings are a big deal; to others, the report hasn’t changed their habits at all.

By Anna McClellan and Evelyn Griffin

November 4, 2019

Butyl hydroxytoluene. Crotonaldehyde. Diethylene Glycol. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon. Propylene glycol. Valeraldehyde. These chemicals are just a few of the thousands that go into e-liquid, which is heated up and inhaled using what most people refer to as vapes. All of these chemicals have an...

All-time high 

 “The action or practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device” has become prevalent among teens and young adults.

By Avery Platt, Wylie East High School

October 30, 2019

It's bad for you. It's dumb. It's not cool. It’s a killer. It's addictive. The opinions adults have on teen vaping are well known but the opinions teens have on vaping are never discussed. Two teenagers opened up about the fact they vape and they answered a series of personal questions related to...

Head in the clouds

Novo by Smok is a popular brand for high school students. Many students are also drawn to sweet flavors, like the berry eJuice on the right.

By Madi Olivier, Marcus High School

October 28, 2019

It was the worst case local pulmonologist Adekunle Adekola had seen. The patient — a woman in her thirties — recently walked into the hospital complaining of shortness of breath, coughing and a fever, but she was breathing on her own. Soon, she required almost 100 percent oxygen. Her history of...

Vaping outbreak worries students

This infographic information was obtained through a poll conducted on 240 DPMHS students. The poll was collected by DPMHS Student Media Staff.

By Valery Barrera, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

October 25, 2019

  Inhale. Hold. Exhale. Youth vaping rates have been on the rise since 2017, with rates doubling in 2019, leaving parents concerned for their child's health. “The impact on the students and communities we serve, totaling nearly 5 million people, is very real,” Los Angeles Unified School Dist...

The Struggle To Quit

Vapes were allegedly created to help adult smokers quit smoking cigarettes but, as a result of marketing quickly taken a negative turn as the younger population has abused their use.

By Nathan Yon, Tyrone Area High School

October 23, 2019

Thanks to vaping, I am one of the millions of American teens currently struggling with nicotine addiction. I first tried a Juul when it became popular during my eighth-grade year. The buzz felt good so I would hit my friends’ when I was with them. Flavors like mint, blueberry, mango, and strawberry...

Vaping deaths spark controversy

Although news regarding vaping’s negative health effects continues to circulate, the use of e-cigarettes remains popular among teens.

By Savannah Dupper, Cathedral Catholic High School

October 22, 2019

When Cathedral Catholic High School student Cameron Nash ‘20 scrolled through his social media feed, he did not expect to see several news stories about teens dying from excessive vaping.  “There wasn’t a lot of negative press on vaping for a while, but now it’s all over the internet,”...

District joins lawsuit against JUUL, while students and staff still struggle to handle vaping epidemic

The district joined a lawsuit against JUUL led by Olathe Public Schools.

By Hannah Chern, Steven Curto, Sophie Lecuru, Tanner Smith, and Ben Wieland

October 21, 2019

After Olathe Public Schools filed a lawsuit against JUUL Labs, Inc. on Monday, Oct. 7, USD 232 followed in their footsteps. The USD 232 Board of Education authorized legal counsel to file a lawsuit against JUUL, a manufacturer, distributor and seller of cigarette alternatives known as e-cigarettes or...

Vaping incident brings national problem to surface

With the use of e-cigarettes on the rise,

By Ariel Leykin, Homestead High School

October 16, 2019

E-cigarettes, invented over ten years ago, are marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, instead of transitioning from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, many teens are heading straight to e-cigarettes. The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC has reported e-cigarettes being...

Opinion: Time to quit the Juul

The Juul is the most commonly used vaporizer on the market. Photo by Hunter Long // The Vanderbilt Hustler

By Jack Rosenblum, Vanderbilt University

October 15, 2019

For several decades, Americans have worked hard to reduce the presence of cigarettes only to see them replaced by something which could be far more dangerous.  As of Sept. 30, 2019, 15 Americans have died from vaping-related activity in addition to 800 cases of lung disease.  Emerging over a decade ago, the e...

Gen Z facing the vaping epidemic

The result of a five-year nicotine addiction that eventually included vaping, 21-year-old Ricky D’ Ambrosio was rushed to the hospital earlier this year after his flu-like symptoms gradually worsened. Physicians determined D’Ambrosio’s vaping caused his then-critical medical condition.

By Ashley Yung, Granite Bay High School

October 15, 2019

As vaping becomes a more common and widespread practice, various ramifications are coming to light. Concerns have already surfaced about the addictive qualities of nicotine, but the most recent and concerning phenomenon has been respiratory failure. Ricky D’Ambrosio, a 21-year-old Rocklin resident...

The Vaping Experiment: Are We the Guinea Pigs?

From coffee to citrus, e-liquid's flavors vary. E-cigarettes emerged in early 2000s, making Generation Z the first generation to grow up around this new device.

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

Juul pods are sold in flavors like mint, mango, tobacco and menthal. Each colorful pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

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?

A vape pen similar to the commonly used Juul pen.

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

SMOKE SIGNALS. The smell of vaping is become more common around teenagers.

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

A figure exhales after using an e-cigarette. Facts are presented with the most important thing to know about vaping and Bowie/s policy on the matter.

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

SMOKE: New studies show that vaping is much more dangerous than previously thought. As of Oct. 1, there have been 1,080 hospitalizations of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury and 18 deaths, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

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

Dean Thomas Rhode has confiscated more then 20 vaping devices this year. They are taken by Englewood PD  or destroyed.

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

As a vapor cloud rises in the air, an American flag hangs proudly behind it. With 47 states already having restrictions such as no indoor vaping, people are showing initiative to make a change in the nation. Massachusetts has even took steps further and banned the sale of all vaping products for four months.

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

The Center for Disease Control is investigating what has caused some vape users to experience serious lung illnesses.

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...