Protests Against Vaping Spreading Across the Country
Parents and children alike are banding together in a massive protest against vaping. In major cities across the country, rallies have been spotted in an effort to save children and teenagers from the detrimental health effects of vaping. According to information that has been published by Tobacco Free Kids, the number of children who are using these products has skyrocketed over the past few years. In the year 2018 alone, the rate of high school students using e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent. More than 3.5 million children in middle and high schools already use e-cigarettes, a number that increased by more than 1.5 million when compared to the prior year alone. These numbers are shocking and demonstrate just why so many children and adults have mobilized to try and stop these companies from selling their products to children.
Evidence that Vaping is Addictive
As teenagers learn about the detrimental health effects, they have made an effort to quit vaping. Or, their parents find out and take away their e-cigarette. Children who have tried to stop using these products cold turkey have noticed withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Emotional lability and irritability, in particular, throwing temper tantrums
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night
- A rising heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Sweating and trembling
Withdrawal symptoms only set in when someone is addicted to a chemical and suddenly has it taken away. In the case of vaping, the addictive substance is nicotine, which is the same harmful chemical that gets people hooked on cigarettes. Understandably, parents are shocked that these companies are even allowed to sell their products to children. Adults and teenagers see very little difference between e-cigarettes and cigarettes themselves. For this reason, they are all protesting to make their voices heard.
Why Have So Many Minors Started Using E-Cigarettes?
Many have asked the question about how e-cigarettes spread among children and teenagers so quickly. After all, the rates of smoking have dropped dramatically over the past few years. There are a few reasons why vaping, in particular, the Juul e-cigarette, have become so popular. These include:
- Juul e-cigarettes are small and, therefore, easy to hide. Children believe that if they use a Juul, they can hide it from their parents. It can actually fit inside the palm of the hand.
- Juul e-cigarettes actually closely resemble a USB flash drive and can even be charged using the USB port on a computer.
- Juul makes flavors that appeal to a younger population. They come in sweet flavors such as mango, that are appealing in taste.
These are only a few of the reasons why e-cigarettes have spread among children so quickly. The biggest reason is the chemical that it delivers, sparking widespread outrage and protests across the country.
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A Warning from the Surgeon General: Nicotine
In the same fashion that people can quickly get hooked on cigarettes, the same can be said of Juul and other e-cigarettes. According to research, Juul delivers a hit of nicotine incredibly efficiently when compared to other e-cigarettes. This means that people, in particular children, become addicted very quickly. One Juul pod contains as much nicotine as the standard pack of cigarettes. As a result, the Surgeon General issued a report that nicotine, consumed in any form, is incredibly detrimental to the developing brain of a child. These e-cigarettes, in particular, the Juul, needs to be kept away from children and teens. The protests will continue until this goal is achieved.
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