Vaping: a total Drag at CVU

Ms. Rayona Silverman

 HINESBURG VT– Over the past year, there has been a drastic rise in the number of students who are vaping on school grounds, as a result of the new phenomenon known as the ‘Juul.’

 Taking hits on the bus, taking drags in the bathrooms; these are now common phrases used around CVU when referencing where vaping occurs. Unlike smoking cigarettes, vaping flavors range from neutral to bubble gum, cremes, and cucumber. As a result, teens are intrigued.

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“When people see others doing something, they are naturally curious. There is this internal pressure with wanting to fit in within social groups,” said Tim Trevithick, Student’s Assistance Program Counselor at CVU. “This trend has come on extremely fast and hits all of the social groups. I don’t see the trend dying down anytime soon at the moment.”

Trevithick mentioned that it is difficult to gather specific data on just how many high school students are currently vaping or have vaped in the past. “Current data does not represent correctly what is happening now, as it is such a fast trend.” Trevithick voiced his concern regarding long term effects, mentioning the lack of studies that have been done and the lengthy time period that is required to gather evidence.

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FDA to Crack Down on the Youth Vaping Crisis

Ms. Charlotte Willis 

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared the use of e-cigarettes among teens an “epidemic,” and is pressuring Juul and other vape companies to come up with a plan to keep their products out of the hands of adolescents.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced, in an open letter, the actions that e-cigarette companies must take to make vaping a less desirable activity for teens. Gottlieb also threatened a potential ban on flavored e-cigarette products.

 

 

 

 

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So, what do the companies need to do to comply? Well, the FDA told the top five vape companies, (Juul, Blu, Logic, Vus, MarkTen XL) that they have 60 days to submit a strategy that proves they can keep their products out of the hands of minors. If they can’t, the FDA said, they may demand the companies to “remove some or all of their flavored products” from the market.

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