Gracie Coyne and Maddie Forman – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This week we asked students “What is one way to encourage your peers under the age of 18 to choose against vaping?” Pres. Donald Trump recently decided to attempt to ban every flavored electronic cigarette other than tobacco.
Sophomore Nathan Parker stated, “Vaping is very unhealthy and will give you ‘popcorn lungs’ that can make it hard to breathe.”
“Popcorn lungs” is a nickname for bronchiolitis obliterans, this is a condition that damages your lungs through the smallest airway. You will have a shortness of breath and need to cough consistently.
“You should not start in the first place; vaping is known to affect your lungs and harm your body” Junior John Schroeder said.
Junior Hope Clark agreed with Schroeder.
“There are cases of teens being rushed to hospitals because of the widespread disease the body gets from vaping.” Clark also stated, “The last article I read, a teen close in age of mine almost died from vaping for over two years. People need to understand the effect this puts on your body.”
Nicotine is a very addictive chemical, about sixteen million Americans are living with tobacco related diseases. Smoking is proven to affect your brain chemistry and development. It also damages your vital organs.
Chris Corsiglia stated, “I have been put in the position where friends try to peer pressure me into doing things I am not comfortable with. In order to prevent such things, I stay away from the teens who vape. My advice for others is to never even try it, once you try vaping you will most likely get addicted and hurt yourself.”