As part of its crusade to stem nicotine addiction in young people, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was yanking all flavored e-cigarette products from retail outlets on Nov. 15. While vaping proponents say it helps adult smokers quit cigarettes – a far more harmful use of tobacco – detractors site stunning increases in the numbers of young people getting into the nicotine habit. Vaping jumped 78 percent among high schoolers and 48 percent among middle schoolers in the last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
How do Chapman students feel about the government cracking down on vaping? We asked a few of them to find out.
Tiffany does not vape and insists that vaping is a negative habit for young people. Although vape products may be less harmful than cigarettes, they still have potential health issues, she said. Tiffany thinks the government is right to implement stricter regulations.
Thurtle vapes almost every day and firmly believes it is a healthier alternative to cigarettes. Thurtle used to be a cigarette smoker, and uses her Suorin – a handheld vapor device – to curb cigarette cravings. She worried about vaping regulations. “I don’t think the FDA will be able to ban vaping, because they weren’t able to ban cigarettes,” she said.
Bingham vapes everyday and doesn’t worry about health risks. He started vaping Juuls, and has tried cigarettes. He confesses cigarettes not for him. Bingham worries about the rising costs of Juul products and has switched to the Sourin as a result. Bingham isn’t worried about in-store vaping regulations, as he already buys his vaping supplies online.
Gill does not vape. Despite the lack of research concluding long-term vaping effects, he feels that vaping hinders people from having complete awareness. Regardless of the long term effects, the short term hinderance is not ideal for the quality of everyday life, Gill said.