The school recently implemented a new drug policy for next year, which will be one of random testing. Behind this decision lies many studies regarding both health effects and benefits of testing. The Bugle took excerpts of these studies and articles and simplified them to provide a more comprehensive explanation of risks of drugs and benefits of random drug testing. The words in italics are from a series of surveys that the school used to determine that they were going to do the drug tests.
Research shows that e-cigarette advertising uses many of the same themes that have led to cigarette smoking among young people. In 2016, nearly 7 out of 10 US middle and high school students saw ads for e-cigarettes in stores, on the Internet, on TV, or in magazines or newspapers.
E-cigs are being advertised everywhere! Fun fact: that’s one of the various reasons why Juul Labs Inc. is facing lawsuits!
Nicotine is especially harmful to young people. The human brain keeps developing until around the age of 25. Using products with nicotine under age 25 can harm the part of the brain responsible for memory, attention, and learning.
Basically what the CDC explains here is that there aren’t any pluses to vaping or starting nicotine use. Nicotine infiltrates the part our teenage developing minds and makes school, or adult life, even harder.
The part of the e-cigarette that heats up may also explode or cause serious burns.
When you take a hit of any vaping device, the liquid heats to from aerosol, which while being slightly better than cigarette smoke, it still contains metal and cancer-causing chemicals which saturate your lungs. The heated liquid can explode—in your mouth or near your eyes! Or gentlemen, in your front pants pocket.
In case you wanted to find a fellow nicotine addict, all you need to do is take a look at a Blu eCig, which lights up blue when another user is nearby.
This is called the idiot light. This way, one mindless consumer can find another.
For decades, tobacco companies did everything they could to convince smokers that cigarettes weren’t killing them—insisting the jury was still out on the science despite dozens of studies that linked smoking with lung disease and cancer. As one tobacco executive famously wrote in 1969, “Doubt is our product…the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the minds of the general public.”
What are the odds that vape manufacturers are anything like cigarette manufacturers in their desire to hide the consequences of vaping?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nicotine, which stimulates the pleasure and reward pathways in the brain, is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, and alcohol.
According to the 2015 report on nicotine and heroin, addiction can begin with a single use and withdrawal symptoms can last for days, or months, depending on the individual.
Warning labels for e-cigarettes state that“flavoring agents, propylene glycol, and toxic chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm”.
Consumer Reports on warning labels: Businesses are not required to use this exact wording (as long as it still provides a “clear and reasonable warning”), so it can vary somewhat between labels. Companies do not have to specify which chemical(s) of concern were in their products.
This past January, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine found that exposure to the carcinogen formaldehyde—produced when the propylene glycol and glycerol in e-cig solutions are heated, sometimes at upward of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit—could reach levels five to 15 times higher than formaldehyde levels in cigarette smoke.
For comparison, solid bronze melts at the same temperature. Again, this is near your face.