I am a junior at Warhill High School and a life scout in my Boy Scout troop. For the communications merit badge, I need to write the editor of a magazine or newspaper, which is why I bring you my thoughts on an issue that's important to me: vaping.
As an average high school student, I have seen plenty of people vaping in and outside of school. A fruity or cotton candy smell is now the norm when I walk into the bathroom.
E-cigarettes are extremely harmful to teens in many ways. The first and most obvious one is the nicotine, the addictive substance in e-cigs. When taken, nicotine causes an almost immediate addiction, causing the user to want more and more. Nicotine also affects the brain, which is especially harmful to teenagers whose brains are still developing.
The next problem are the side effects addiction has. Many of my peers will "use the bathroom" multiple times in one class period to vape, causing them to miss crucial class time, making school harder for them and probably hurting their grades.
These e-cigs and the pods to refill them are expensive, so those teens addicted to nicotine spend money on e-cigs rather than saving for the future.
The worst thing about them, though, is that e-cigs are a gateway drug. Teens who vape are likely to start using other drugs, most commonly cigarettes, but also other psychoactive drugs.
E-cigarettes are extremely bad, especially for teens. I personally believe restrictive laws should be passed and e-cigs should be available only by prescription for those who need help recovering from cigarette addiction. Thank you for your time in reading this.
James City County