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Teen vaping: Is it an epidemic?

Statistics show that vaping is even more common than smoking cigarettes in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15 % of U.S. adults smoke cigarettes whereas, 3.2% of adults vape.

According to The American Psychiatric Association, about 13 percent of eighth graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and nearly 28 percent of 12th graders at U.S. schools reported using a vaping device in the past year.

“Vaping has become a big issue because it distracts students from academics,” said Benjamin Carson High School teacher Francisco Algarra.

“No, no, no, no, no, vaping is a big problem and can lead to heart disease, lung disease, and brain damage,” said Benjamin Carson principal Charles Todd. “It can also lead to gateway drugs, and I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy.”

Even though the schools and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) are trying to stop students from vaping by making ads about the dangers of vaping, students still insist on doing it. Teens are finding ways to conceal and use vaping devices, and sellers are making it easier by creating smaller and more compact vapes.


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