To the Editor:
Re: “We Still Don’t Know How Safe Vaping Is” Published Sept. 5th, 2019
In the article, the Editorial Board discuss the issues surrounding vaping and how health issues have skyrocketed, especially in youth. In response to only a couple states taking action in banning e-cigarettes, I believe all states should ban them for good. It’s hard to see how vaping could be appealing, until realized they put them on the market as a “safe” alternative to cigarettes. According to health officials, based on existing evidence, most doctors and scientists think e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. Marketing vapes as safe is false but marketing them as “safer” is a whole other concept that is debated everyday. Statistics show that teens are more likely to use e-cigarettes rather than regular cigarettes, of course. Despite the fact that it’s what the “popular” kids are doing nowadays, it’s much harder to stop. It’s an addiction. It would seem easy for parents to stop their kids from vaping but they closely resemble flash drives. I had a friend who use to vape and ended up in the emergency room on separate occasions. Vapes are filled with many unknown chemicals, where most of these chemicals can cause eye nasal and respiratory tract irritations. Vapes are harmful, just like cigarettes. We should begin by starting to ‘ID check’ everyone who tries to buy these e-cigarettes. Moving forward, they should begin banning vapes and limiting use of e-cigarettes, as well as regular cigarettes.