The Phantom Voice
the phantom voice
Jillian Carson and Lizzy Papa
It should be no shock that vaping has spread throughout the country like wildfire. It is a growing problem that is becoming addiction rather than hobby. People are clinging to the idea that it is a “better alternative to smoking.” But as the contents of e-cigarettes are being further examined, more harmful chemicals are being found within them, as well as heavy metals, such as lead. Based on a study in 2015 by Connecticut high schools, one fifth of students who vape were using it to smoke marijuana. People are not becoming fully informed on the effects of vaping, they are just doing it because everyone else is too. Well, it is time you know the truth.
When people vape, it is not always with what parents, teachers, even peers, assume. People have been taught to think it is just a nicotine liquid. That is not the case. Professor Meghan Morean of Oberlin College in Ohio told Reuters Health, “forms of cannabis that can be vaporized, like hash oil, can be many times stronger than marijuana that is smoked.” Also, in a research conducted by her and the college, it found that students in high school are twenty-seven times more probable to smoke THC, the drug found in marijuana, in their e-cigarettes than adults. It is known that marijuana is a gateway drug, and if more teens are doing it now, it means that it can lead to harder more fatal drug as they move through life.
“In theory—and how they’re marketed—e-cigarettes are a safer product because they don’t have tobacco, which has known carcinogens,” Avrum Spira, a pulmonary care physician and School of Medicine professor of medicine and pathology and bioinformatics, says. “The question is: does safer mean safe?” she added. Dr. Steve Dubinett (a pulmonologist at UCLA) began studying the effects of vaping on the body, and found that electronic cigarettes were able to cause cells to become more cancer-like by growing more quickly than cells should be able to.
Many efforts are being done to slow down this epidemic, especially from the FDA. On August 8, 2016, vaping regulations, applying for all other tobacco products as well, were put into place for manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. For more information, you can visit their website to see if you qualify as a manufacturer, retailer, or consumer. If you do, it is crucial to know how you can be regulated by the government.
No matter how much you might think you need to vape, it is important to know the facts behind such an activity. By using an e-cigarette, you are opening the door to addiction down the line.