Riordan Roundtable: Vaping Epidemic


Matt Balmy ’21, Health and Science Editor

Vaping has skyrocketed to one of the most discussed topics among Americans today due to an increasing amount of people being hospitalized with lung disease. Vaping is one of many options for people trying to quit smoking cigarettes, but is it the most effective? In my opinion, no.

I say no because teenagers have found ways to get their hands on these devices. The fruity favors seem appealing to the youth, making it easier for underage kids to try vaping nicotine, which is just as addictive as heroin.

What was thought of as a good idea to help smokers quit is doing the opposite by helping teenagers start early age nicotine addictions? San Francisco is one of the front runners in making an attempt to stop youth vaping by banning vapes entirely.

This is a good move in my eyes because now people over the age of 21 cannot go into a smoke shop and buy a JUUL for a 16-year old. This alone will not stop youth vaping though, because San Mateo County still allows stores to sell vapes, and even worse, vapes with fruity favors.

President Donald Trump is working on a ban of vapes for the entire country, and while I don’t think this is a bad idea, it will not entirely stop youth vaping.

There are many alternatives for quitting without vaping, and some of these alternatives include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and going cold turkey.

Many of the vaping deaths are caused by vitamin e being inhaled into the lungs, which happens because teenagers are buying fake marijuana vapes from street dealers trying to make quick money. There are also pesticides and other additives in these vapes, causing lung disease.

A solution to this is to only buy products from legitimate dispensaries, or, not inhaling foreign substances into your body at all.