Op-Ed draft —Jayv23

Many teens and young adults are smoking vapes from cartridges that are containing THC oil and Nicotine that is effecting our body. While smoking from these vapes containing THC oil and Nicotine we are damaging our body. Not many are worried about what effects these things we are smoking are going to have in the future.

Background and evidence

Several marijuana and nicotine products are culprits for serious lung illnesses that have harmed more than 800 people to inhale these products. The numbers continue to grow from the vapes. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is being put into cartridges for more convenient ways to smoke. THC cartridges are containing dozens of chemicals that are going into our body. Cannabis smokers are more likely to use these products because it cancels out majority of the smell and more discreet than smoking hundreds of people across 25 states have been effected by a serious lung illness that has been linked to death. The vitamin E oil turns into acetate which enters the human respiratory that causes lipoid pneumonia and chronic lung illness. Donald Trump is expected to issue a banned against E-cigarettes to help with the serious lung crisis but its more targeted for teenagers and young adults from smoking but nothing about the chemical additives used in the THC cartridges.

E-cigarettes came into existence as a tobacco replacement containing nicotine to keep smokers from smoking cigarettes. The fruity/candy flavors have attracted many teenagers with no addiction to begin using these vapes because they enjoy the “buzz.” Just like the THC cartridges these are also containing many chemicals that are entering our body. There has been an organic compound contained inside called benzene, which is found in car exhaust. Ultra-fine particles are being inhaled into our lungs and chemicals that are being linked to lung diseases. The consumption of nicotine is affecting the developing brain of so many teens and young adults which is the biggest target in today’s society. Addiction can be learned and developed into your body and this makes it even worse for young teens because they still have many years of a developing brain. The human brain continues to develop until the age of 25 which is even worse for our youth because they will obtain nicotine for a longer period of time while developing. Studies are showing that smoking an E-cigarette is just as bad as smoking an actual cigarette. Upper respiratory infections are common with the use of the vaporizer but the long term effects are largely explored but not specific conclusion to the exact disease it creates. The percentage of teens reportedly smoking vapes had hit record levels. seniors who had only been smoking flavored e-cigarettes have increased by 25.7 percent from 20.6 in 2017 and among sophomores increased from 19.3 to 24.7. A researcher stated that it is urgent for teenagers to recognize the long term affects of what they are doing. Parents need to recognize the effect that is being put on their children. Scientists have found that the developing brain will be damaged and could cause an addiction or the teen will often attempt other vape methods or drug use.

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