Vaping deaths cause reflection for some


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Some students began to reconsider vaping after hearing about vaping deaths.

Callie Burgan, Opinion Editor

Walking across a college campus, one may see half-awake students scurrying and  friend groups studying.

Increasingly often, these sights may be accompanied by vape smoke clouds.

According to the federal Food and Drug Administration website, vape products use a liquid that may contain nicotine as well as varying flavoring compositions, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin.

The liquid is heated to create an aerosol that the user inhales.

Senior Angel Walters said she  has been vaping for more than a year.

“I think vaping is a much better nicotine alternative than traditional tobacco cigarettes.” Walters said.

“There’s less risk involved with it. So far, it has been claimed that vaping has killed seven people, which is under debate because of the existence of black-market cartridges that could also be the culprit.

“Meanwhile, cigarettes and tobacco products that kill hundreds of thousands of people each year are still legal,” Walters said.

Sophomore Andrew Vogel said he started vaping when he was in high school and has continued the habit for the past three years.

“I know there have been problems shown in the media recently, but I still think it’s a great way to get people off of smoking and as an alternative to tobacco.

“You just need to watch where you get your vaping products and be safe about it. You should know the risks when you smoke a cigarette or vape,” Vogel said.

However, not all students have chosen to partake in the vaping trend.

Junior Tayler Briscoe said, despite being a past participant, she no longer vapes.

“Recent stories in the media portraying the true dangers of vaping changed my opinion about it.

“It made me stop and seriously consider the chemicals that I was putting into my body and whether that was a decision that I wanted to make,” Briscoe said.

CEO Kevin Burns, Juul Labs Inc. of San Francisco, has stepped down as a growing number of vaping-related deaths and threats of federal regulation present a challenge, according to a CNN article.

Juul executives have suspended advertising as it remains in scrutiny over vaping products.

In addition, Walmart is to end sales of e-cigarette products, according to a statement by CEO Doug McMillon.

The Trump administration announced this month that they plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes after several death reports linked to vaping.

Juul Labs Inc. released a statement saying that it will not push back on the Trump administration plan to pull flavored e-cigarettes from the market until the controversial products are able to win approval from federal regulators.