Casey DiBari – Opinion Editor
When I entered my first year, one of the first questions my one roommate asked was,“is it okay if I vape in the room?” Me, naive, just starting college, had no idea what she was talking about so, I said yes. After she moved out of the room, I was sure that was the last time I would ever hear about vaping. Clearly, I was wrong.
The whole concept of vapes, Juuls, e-cigarettes, whatever you call them, has completely blown up, and not in a good way. According to CBS news, there are 500 reported vape-related illnesses, with eight deaths in the mix so far. Recently, the CEO of Juul has stepped down and not long before that, President Donald Trump discussed banning certain e-cigarette flavors. Gov. Charlie Baker has even supported said vape ban. It has gotten to the point where our school administration is emailing us.
But how have we gotten to this point? The original idea of e-cigarettes seemed to be the same as nicotine patches or gum: to stop nicotine addictions. It seemed to be a better alternative.
As of April of this year, two-thirds of the cases of people getting sick from vaping are between the ages of 18-34, and three-quarters are men.
What’s concerning is those affected by the rapid growth of vaping, are us: late stage Millennials to Generation Z. According to a recent report from Gallup, an American analytic and advisory company, nine percent of Americans have said they vape regularly, with 20 percent being 18-29 years old. While this is only nine percent of people in the United States, it is still alarming.
I believe we are the reason e-cigarettes have deteriorated to what they have become. Sure, companies are targeting us and are equally to blame, but we are the consumers. We are the ones facing the consequences. And I do not believe that many kids my age are using Juuls to get over their nicotine addiction. I think, especially with the introduction of THC pens, that many people are using them to look cool.
So next time you’re buying a mango Juul pod, consider the repercussions.