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Vaping is a Problem at WMS!

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Joetaro Hayashi, Reporter

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There seems to be a lot of West 8th graders are vaping. Mrs. Phillips, a staff from the St. Joseph Mercy Health System came to the West and talked about dangers and the consequences for vaping. After seeing the slideshow Mrs. Phillips made, many students were surprised by what they learned.

According to Mrs. Phillips, there are many dangerous chemicals in the vapor. These include antifreeze, car exhaust, something used to preserve dead organs, heavy metals and a flavoring component of many vape juice products. Vaping can cause a disease called “popcorn lungs”.

According to an article written in the Detroit Free Press on September 25, 2018, titled “Your kids think it’s cool to vape at school. It’s a big problem” 6.6% of 8th graders have vaped in the last 30 days and 13.3% of 8th graders in the previous year.

Mrs. Phillips states, “I’m not sure why 8th graders vape, but research tells us about 30% of teens vape because they are attracted to the fun and fruity flavorings and nearly 40% report they vape because their friends do. There is a federal law, called the Tobacco Control Act that prohibits minors from purchasing vapes. And the penalty for a youth choosing to vape can really vary depending on where they are at the time they are caught, but it can include being suspended from school and/or getting a citation from law enforcement officials.”

West students are vaping in the bathrooms, during passing times, and after schools. This is a huge problem. Vaping needs to stop. Vaping affects our growing brains and the chemical are dangerous to our bodies.

 

15 Comments

15 Responses to “Vaping is a Problem at WMS!”

  1. liam on October 26th, 2018 12:40 pm

    vaping is really addicting because of all that nicotine the put in vapes and all sorts of crap like that.

  2. Brooklynn Stockton on October 26th, 2018 12:44 pm

    I completely agree 100% no 8th grader should be vaping in fact no one should be vaping.

  3. AAron on October 26th, 2018 12:58 pm

    i agree it is bad

  4. unknown on October 26th, 2018 1:05 pm

    8 th graders should stop vaping

  5. Dillon Starnes on October 30th, 2018 12:17 pm

    this is very true. vaping is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!

  6. Kyle Dani on October 31st, 2018 11:55 am

    I like all the work and information you put into this.

  7. Caitlyn Blasch on October 31st, 2018 12:02 pm

    yes, I do think we should stop vaping.

  8. Maya Mitts on October 31st, 2018 12:07 pm

    I loved how you included what vaping does to people.

  9. Abby Knauf on October 31st, 2018 12:08 pm

    I loved how you included what vaping does to people.

  10. Josie on October 31st, 2018 12:11 pm

    Vaping is a pretty big problem… I’m really glad you addressed it, and took it seriously.

  11. Brownie on November 2nd, 2018 12:41 pm

    I agree. this is a serious problem and it needs to be investigated further.

  12. matthew spicko on November 2nd, 2018 12:57 pm

    vaping is not good for you at all we need to stop it

  13. Henry Curran on November 7th, 2018 11:40 am

    Just so you know it’s not just 8th graders that vape.

  14. anonymous on November 9th, 2018 12:40 pm

    good job joetaro

  15. AAron lenart on November 9th, 2018 12:41 pm

    why do people even vape if they know its bad for them i mean when im in 8th grade im not gana vape

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