Even though, e-cigarettes are touted as being safer than regular cigarettes and former smokers are encouraged to use the devices to kick the habit easily, teachers and school officials have linked e-cigarette use on school grounds to a nascent generation of nicotine addicts.
Many students complain that they cannot simply stop vaping even after they are caught multiple times. Not even nicotine gums or patches seem to help them stay away from e-cigs while at school.
In the past few years, school official cannot recall seeing one student caught smoking. However, vaping is nearly omnipresent. Teachers believe students are so fond of vaping because it enables them to be rebel with little consequence on their health.
Schools are now struggling to prevent students from bringing the devices to school, but the newest models are easily to conceal. The San Francisco-based startup Juul has even designed a device that looks like a USB stick and produces less vapor.
The Guinea Pig Generation
Most students are now “juuling” in class. Teachers said that they caught many students vaping from their Juul devices which they pinned to a bra strap or shirt collar. They just “lean over and take a hit every now and then,” said Prof. Howard Colter at one of Cape Elizabeth schools in Maine.
The industry promotes e-cigs as safer alternatives to smoking, but countless studies have linked e-cigarettes to higher risk of nicotine addiction. There are also studies that found high levels of toxic chemicals in the electronic devices, which can lead to cancer. Public health authorities have warned that the first generation to try out the devices is a “guinea pig generation.”
School officials, on the other hand, known from first-hand experience that nicotine is highly addictive for e-cigarette users too since some vaping devices offer higher levels of nicotine than traditional cigarettes.
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