By Allie Thomas
It’s very easy to get trapped into a trend when everyone else around is doing it. It’s one thing when it’s all fun like ‘The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ or ‘Flappy Bird’, but this is a different type of trend that has started, Vaping.
According to Google, Vaping is described as to “Inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” In the past month, administration apprehended three vape pens in the high school.
School nurses Kathy Miller and Sherri Taylor explained vaping’s health concerns in a recent interview. Originally designed to help smokers quit cigarettes, vaping is considered dangerous because of the lack of knowledge medical professionals have on vaping. They pointed to the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that it has been linked to cancer, it is not regulated by the FDA, and it contains formaldehyde and other animal carcinogens.
Officer Greenly explained that what makes vaping seem so “cool” is how society advertises it. By marketing it and making the “hipsters” make it seem like it’s fun. In addition to vaping some students have been caught for marijuana, and spice, a kind of synthetic kind of marijuana.
Just like smoking was once extremely popular then it became less “cool”, Greenly believes vaping will too. “Prevention is tough because kids will be kids,” Greenly said. “Maybe we as a district could make their punishment more strict, and start educating our student population about the risks of it. From his research on this topic, Greenly said, “Just like smoking, it can’t be good for you.”