We Shouldn’t Ban Vapes
To the editor,
In the article “We Still Don’t Know How Safe Vaping Is,” the controversy of vaping is brought up again, this time, explaining the alleged dangers of e-cigarette companies’ advertisements. There have been numerous cases popping up everywhere about adolescents becoming ill due to vaping, and it is very scary to read about. However, as much as this article is attempting to display the dangers of e-cigarettes and the impact its having on children, its not giving credit to what the e-cigarette companies’ ultimate intentions have been all along.
I have lived with cigarette smokers for the majority of my lifetime. Both of my parents smoked, my aunts, uncles, distant relatives, family friends; you name it. I know what cigarette smokers go through as they have all vented to me about wanting to quit but not being able to. For the past couple years, my mother has been able to quit smoking cigarettes thanks to vaping. Although vaping is still inhaling chemicals into your lungs, she has proven it to feel less harmful on her body. She has told me she can breathe better, she can exercise longer, and she just feels a lot healthier overall. So, I know that smoking is an extremely difficult habit to kick, and I believe that the e-cigarette companies held innocent intentions when creating the cigarette alternative. I don’t think that they made these vapor products in order to hurt children or to make a quick profit. It can definitely prove itself helpful for people who intend to quit smoking tobacco.
Now, I am not stating that it is smart for adolescents to vape or smoke anything. It’s not safe for anyone who has not been a tobacco user to pick up an e-cigarette, as they should be used to help existing smokers quit. It has unfortunately gotten to that point due to social media, peer pressure, and accessibility of the products. However, just as children and adolescents got a hold of cigarettes back in the day, the same age range will always get a hold of the new smoking craze. I don’t believe it’s logical to punish the e-cigarette companies, but rather possibly enforce new restrictions and laws regarding who can buy the products. Without e-cigarettes around, people will most likely resort to smoking normal cigarettes, which can be more dangerous. If we want to help people get off smoking, there needs to be alternatives, so banning these alternatives all together will never fix the issue, and will possibly make it worse.