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Musings on the issue of underaged vaping and Juuling

Matthew Roehm, Layout/Cartoonist

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Juuling and vaping in school is a big issue. It’s addictive and a nuisance for everyone around. No one wants to smell cotton candy or sour patch kids in class; it’s disgusting and annoying. On top of that, last year Athens had several false alarms due to fire alarms being set off by vaping in the bathrooms. That’s not just obnoxious, it’s also incredibly disruptive.

For some reason it’s a popular notion that these things are “healthier” than smoking. Let me make one thing clear. They’re not. Sure they don’t fill your lungs with tar, but they still have lots of heavy metals such as cadmium and beryllium in the smoke that will give you cancer eventually. That’s not mentioning that the actual nicotine is a highly addictive substance in itself.

What many people consider to be the main purpose of vaping and Juuling is to help people stop smoking. While that may work for some adults, but the way Juuling has been subtly marketed towards kids tells a different story. It’s funny that a product that was supposedly meant to help smokers quit and that has so many warnings on its website about being 21 and over probably has more of an audience in high schools than it does amongst adults.

Juuling, while not as annoying as vaping, is also a stupid idea. Sure it doesn’t create smelly vape clouds everywhere but all it is is just overpriced nicotine. What exactly are you getting out of it? It’s $16 for a pack of 4, that’s $4 a pod! Given that each pod has the nicotine equivalent of an entire pack of cigarettes, the notion that they’re somehow “healthier” is incorrect to say the least.

The company Juul has come under fire recently for the slightly unethical choice to create marketing that could attract underaged people to the product. With bright colors and “hip young youths” on the advertising it seems more like an ad for a type of candy or maybe an Apple product of some kind. The worst part is that the former senior manager admitted that he and others were aware that the advertising could be attractive to underaged kids. So here we have a company who “unintentionally” advertises their highly unhealthy and addictive products to kids.

Apparently it worked because all in the past year I’ve seen bathrooms filled with mist, people begging each other for hits off their Juul, people taking vape hits every single time the teacher turned their back. In conclusion, I believe that vaping and Juuling is annoying, stupid, obnoxious, disruptive and extremely unhealthy.

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