Vaping Reaches New Heights
Over the past several months, there has been a vaping trend growing in our school, town, and around the nation. Vaping is unhealthy, and it is a trend that requires action. Vaping in school is a problem, and has even recently been recognized on a state level by Oklahoma governor, Kevin Stitt, signing legislation that puts vaping on the same level as tobacco products in schools.
Vaping first started as a way to help smokers get away from the dangerous lifestyle of cigarettes. Recently, however, the vaping trend has risen dramatically.
In a recent poll by The Claw, of 71 students responding, 23 say they never vaped, 21 have experimented, 21 vape sometimes, and 6 vape regularly. When asking students in person, only two said that they have never vaped.
“No, I haven’t, but I have been offered, and yes, a lot of people do it,” Student 2 said.
“Nope, but I have been offered, and if it is going on at school, it’s a problem,” Student 5 said.
However, students who do vape had a variety of responses.
“It’s not any of the teachers’ business if kids vape. I dipped for six years, and kinda switched to vaping because it is not easy to just quit,” Student 4 said.
“I have vaped since 6th grade, and I vape almost a Juul pod a day. I’ll say it’s a problem, but it isn’t the worst problem in Canton High School,” Student 6 said.
Vaping is relatively new, and it is spreading like wildfire among teens. While several kinds of research have been done, there are still many side effects caused by vaping. According to the website www.webmd.com, vaping can cause popcorn lung, chemicals in it cause cancer, a dry cough that won’t go away, shortness of breath, wheezing, headache, and fever are among those found so far.
“When vaping first came out, I thought they were cool, so yeah, I vaped. Then I did a little research, found out they were bad, and said, ‘No, I quit’,” Student 3 said.
“Yes, I vape every day, but I am trying to stop. I stopped smoking cigarettes and started vaping. I feel like it is a problem everywhere. Almost everyone does it, even people that you wouldn’t think do it. I have been vaping for four months,” Student 1 said.
Vaping Evolves over 1500 Years
Vapes have been around for a long time. Vapes were invented to help people stop smoking cigarettes. It took awhile for them to get popular because people were more interested in cigarettes. One of the most popular things people like to consume is nicotine. People have tried different ways to consume it. People have tried to chew it, smoke it, vape it, and apply it to their skin.
Ancient Egypt was first known for its vaping techniques. In the 5th century B.C., Egyptians were heating up herbs and oils with hot stones.
More than 1500 years ago, Irfan Shiekh made the first hookah. This invention introduced this way of vaping to the people of India.
Hon Lik made the first modern e-cigarette in the mid-2000s, but in 1963 Herbert Gilbert came up with the idea of the e-cigarette. Nobody back then knew about it though, because he kept it to himself instead of sharing his knowledge with the smoking world.
In the 1990’s Bill Amato invented a cannabis vaporizer. He wanted to make vaporizing easy for everyone, so he named it the Shake ‘N’ Vape. It was a hand-held vape based on an ancient Egyption technique. He thought that vaporizing cannabis was the healthiest way of using it.
All these techniques led to the all the new vapes that have become so common to our world.