The vaping issue with young people is becoming an epidemic

June 13 – As you walk through town, you often see people holding what look like a stick to their mouth and then releasing smoke from their face. 

That’s what’s called an electric cigarette, or vaping as a verb, and it has really caught on. 

Unfortunately, it’s particularly caught on with our young people. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.1 million students used e-cigarettes in 2023 and one in four of those students used them daily. 

Some school districts have even installed vape detectors in bathrooms. 

The US Senate held a hearing on the issue yesterday, but not a whole lot came out of it. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Look locally here at all of these vape shops that opened. It just seems like every week you see a new one. I sometimes think, well, how could they all be busy and making money? But then, I talked to a younger person that vapes, and they’ll say, oh, we’re in the vape store or the gas station several days a week buying these vape products. There’s a lot of research that would suggest vaping may be more detrimental to your health than cigarette smoke, because there’s all those chemicals and things in there, and of course, it’s highly addictive. You talk to people that work in public schools, they will tell you these e pens and all these hidden or secret type devices are very prevalent, that kids are using these during bathroom breaks, and it’s very addictive, and it’s one of those things it’s hard just to stop cold turkey. I don’t know what more the government might try to do to address it.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Brain development is affected in teens who do vaping, on top of the lung issues and cancer risk. So if you’re a parent and you think it’s okay for your kid to vape, please, please look into what they’ve learned about it. This is an incredibly unsafe product, especially for teenagers.”