It’s no secret that the use of nicotine products has skyrocketed among teens in the past ten years. Although vaping is considered a “healthier alternative” to smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco, what are the negative effects of using these products at such a young age, is there a solution, and what are the potential outcomes.

The popular e-cigarette company known as Juul claims on their website that they, “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes.” The company has recently come under fire for its considerable popularity amongst people from the age of 13-21. Because of this, the age to buy tobacco products nationally rose from 18 to 21. Along with this, the FDA banned the company from selling flavors of pods that are “targeted” towards teens like mango, mint, and fruit medley. However, this didn’t stop other companies from hopping on the bandwagon.

Recently countless new companies have arisen that sell disposable, e-cigarettes that have a significantly larger variety of fruity flavors, and although they are more difficult to acquire with the age restrictions, kids can still get their hands on them.

Healthline says that vaping can be harmful to your body in multiple ways. The liquid used in e-cigarettes can release tiny aerosols into your heart and lungs that can clog important arteries, veins, etc. It can also damage the teeth, gums, and cause cancer. Although many of the harmful chemicals that are in cigarettes are not in vapes, there are many other dangerous chemicals in the new products.

Although the government has made changes that have helped reduce teen nicotine use, they are still far from solving the problem.

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February 8, 2021 1:04 am

I liked your take on the epidemic of the use of nicotine devices among teens. As a senior in high school, I feel like I have seen this problem pervade teens everywhere. There are so many excuses that I hear used, “just one more pod”, “just a little more juice”, “just one more hit”. Addiction is not a joke and it is most definitely not something to be toyed with, especially not by people whose prefrontal lobe is not fully developed. I thought you did an excellent job of appealing to the logic of your audience by using facts from a reliable source (Healthline) in your article. Keep up the good work.

January 6, 2021 3:56 pm

I enjoyed your post and thought you brought up some great points. There is no denying that vaping has worsened the health of many teens. By the company Juul advertising themself with a slogan like “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes.” I feel as if they aren’t directly targeting teens. There are many adults who struggle with cigarette use and vaping has helped them. As for flavors, I believe anyone regardless of age could enjoy different flavors. I think the main problem is how easily accessible it is for minors to get these e-cigs and how it has become a social norm.

January 6, 2021 2:28 pm

This is interesting although I know that inhaling anything in your lungs is bad for you when you consider the alternative this is the better option. The best would be no nicotine at all. The most common thing you’ll hear is that cigarette use almost all but wiped out and then vaping came and got a new generation addicted. However I argue that the reason cigarette use is down is because of vaping. People are always going gravitate to things that make them feel good. I think the best solution is not to ban a product but work with companies to make it safer. Harm reduction over oppression.

January 6, 2021 1:46 pm

Teens vaping is a big problem and is becoming more and more popular. This is an issue that needs awareness so that it can be handled and this article helps bring awareness to the situation and how bad it really is.

Annabella Joy
January 6, 2021 3:02 am

We can all agree that vaping is worsening teens health across the country. The problem isn’t the flavors, supposedly targeted towards teens, the issue is with how easily accessible they have become and how new they are. In the past decade vaping has become more and more common for young people and it seems to only be growing. As of now, there aren’t enough studies to show the long term affects of vaping, especially in developing bodies. Until we can have a deeper understanding of what we are really doing to our bodies, we’ll have a rough time trying to curb illegal sales of e cigs.

January 5, 2021 2:42 pm

This is a huge trend sweeping the nation, for teens to vape. Articles like these likely will not help solve the problem, only raise more awareness. The only way that it can be solved is if the teens themselves realize what they are doing is very bad for their lungs and overall health and they decide to stop on their own. Posts on the internet that teens do not like tend to not faze them too much, so we either put a ban on them or directly show them how bad it is for their bodies by looking at their lungs or others who have vaped.

January 4, 2021 9:28 pm

Hi Maggie, I saw this and it intrigued me because I know a lot of people who vape and now I may be able to share this to people and have them change there minds or think twice before doing it again. When you said “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes” this is just saying that juul and vaping is the next thing and that they are targeting teens and young adults.

Tania Arellano
Tania Arellano
March 12, 2020 3:40 pm

Dear Maggie
I am surprised about your post “Teen Vaping” because you provide me health information about vaping, of what are the bad consequences if i vape.
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “vaping can be harmful to your body in multiple ways.” I think this is very important, because every human is different and we never know what would be the reaction of your body.
Have you read this article called “ Vaping Rises Among Teens’ ‘, I thought you might be interested in this because it talks about how much it increased the vaping on teens, and how their body system changes through the process. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really liked the way you go into a subject and you provide the positive and negative impacts on it.

March 11, 2020 10:41 pm

Hi Maggie,
Thank you for Your information, I agree that the government has published more and more laws for stoping teen vaping, but it is not enough. Vaping is bad, but there is no way we can stop it, the only way is people themselves should be aware.
Cindy Huang

March 11, 2020 6:51 pm

Dear Maggie:
I am moved about your post, “Teen Vaping,” because vaping can also harm people just as bad as cigarettes. Companies are also making someones addiction worst by making flavors that taste good.
One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “Although many of the harmful chemicals that are in cigarettes are not in vapes, there are many other other dangerous chemicals in the new products.” I think this is good because some people think that just because vaping does not have tobacco that it can not hurt you but their are still chemicals that can affect your body. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next,because you created a way for others to think about what can affect your body. I feel that you are good at making a topic that people can argue or think about.

March 5, 2020 11:07 pm

Dear Maggie,
I really enjoyed reading your article on vaping. I picked this one because i liked the photo you chose. You did a good job getting my attention. I also agree with you, vaping is a really big problem among teens. I liked the way you used a lot of facts in your writing. You should share this with other people, like maybe your mayor or something. I look forward to hearing more from you.

March 4, 2020 6:09 pm

Dear Maggie,

I am interested in your post because… Teen Vaping is something that is very major that is happening in the world right now.Teens should read this post because it is something that can help with any vaping addiction.

One thing you said that stands out for me is: “envision a world where fewer adults use cigarettes.” I think this is interesting, because… Its showing that Juul is targeting teens and younger adults

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time with a friend that was actually very into vaping and smoking.I would tell him to quit because it will come back to haunt him and ruin his body.He failed a drug test and was caught and after we talked about it he quit to better himself.

Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… This post was very interesting and can help some people

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