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To the editor:
Re: “We Still Don’t Know How Safe Vaping Is” published Sept. 5, 2019
New York Times’ Editorial Board’s recent post on vaping reaches an understandable argument against the dangers on e-cigarettes. The editorial spoke of the amount of vape-related illnesses that were found and of teenagers that hold a threat to falling ill because of the increasing number of teenagers vaping on a daily bases. Despite this, they reasonably do not agree that all e-cigarettes should not be band due to other harmful repercussions.
However, may we possibly be overreacting? 400+ known cases of the illness due to vaping are known, and 3 deaths were claimed, so how can this possibly be an overreaction? It’s not. As a teenager who worries about her fellow peers who could be at risk, I find it extremely important that we should look into it further and test the long term effects of e-cigs, but it should be noted that what the editorial failed to mention was the kind of vapes that were being used by those who fell ill. The editorial gives a fair point on not getting rid of all vapes due to the possible rise of a black market. Although this was mentioned, they did not realize that many who have gotten sick were due to vapes bought in places similar to that of a black market. Homemade vapes can be made, and these products can be extremely dangerous. Less is known, and there are more risks.
Many have considered the sudden news of the dangers of vaping, spread by news outlets, to be fear mongering. As more states legalize marijuana, striking fear on vapes that can also be used with marijuana can be used as an attempt to keep marijuana illegal. Although we still have much to learn about the potential risks of e-cigarettes, we know that these electronic devices used to stop chain smoking, have been around for much longer.