Vaping, the Real Danger

Vaping, the Real Danger

Nico Baisley, Staff Writer

Smoking has always been a problem among teenagers, ever since the mere idea of it has existed. Many will point out how cigarette use has declined by 68% since 1991, however, they have not taken into account e-cigarettes and vapes. If you were to go to into a bathroom at school, you would be able to tell how prominent vape use is in this day and age.

According to the FDA, “In 2022, about 1 in 10 or more than 2.5 million U.S. middle and high school students currently used e-cigarettes (past 30-day).” The article also states that nearly 85% of users use flavored e-cigarettes.

Many folks will say that vaping is healthier than cigarette use, however, this is not true. According to, “Commonly, smoking is thought to be more harmful because the product is being burnt and smoke inhaled into the lungs. But we’re finding similar damage and decreased ability to fight infections from heating up vaping solutions and inhaling that vapor into the lungs.”
While I personally do not vape, I can understand the appeal. Many of my friends, family, and people I know vape. When people you know vape, it is important not to shame or ridicule them, but instead support them in trying to quit if and when they decide too. Here are some ways to support a friend who is trying to quit vaping.

First, make sure you know that this is their challenge, and their life, they are in charge. Make sure you check up on your friend(s) and see how they are doing. Help them get what they need and spend time with them. Let them know its ok to slip or relapse, and always remind them what they are doing this for. And always encourage them. This is a big deal!