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New research uncovers health risks of vaping

New research uncovers health risks of vaping

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

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

Vaping can lead to serious pulmonary illnesses

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

Vaping epidemic leads to illnesses, deaths

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

A deeper look into the district’s actions against vaping

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 takes legal action against JUUL

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.

CDC links vaping to 33 deaths in U.S.

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 

All-time high 

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

Head in the clouds

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

Vaping outbreak worries students

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

The Struggle To Quit

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

Vaping deaths spark controversy

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

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

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

Vaping incident brings national problem to surface

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

Opinion: Time to quit the Juul

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

Gen Z facing the vaping epidemic

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?

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...