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You and Vapes: A Toxic Relationship Exposed

Written by Summer Tatum-Cox, 7th Grade

August 31, 2022



     They played you, tricked you, but they gave you an other-worldly experience unlike any other. They hurt you, took advantage of you but when asked to give them up, they only left you wanting more. By now I am sure you know who I am talking about, that’s right…The infamous vape. This abusive relationship is finally coming to light.


     Vaping has rampaged MDCPS middle and high schools alike with its sleek looks, false promises, tempting flavors, exciting tricks, and off-limits status. Even programs such as D.A.R.E and Be Strong have failed to wipe out completely the vape craze. There is something special about vapes that makes them so desirable, so addictive. What is it?  Well, that special something is nicotine. I am sure most of you already know the basics: nicotine is an addictive chemical blah, blah, blah. All that’s true, of course, nicotine is an incredibly lethal chemical and it can have very harmful effects on your body and mental health. But what you might not know is that one vape or Juul pod contains about 59 milligrams of nicotine. To put that in perspective, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that 50 to 60 milligrams of nicotine is deadly for a 150-pound adult. Even pro-vaping websites like Breazy.com admit that 36 mg or more is an intense amount. If that amount is deadly for an adult, imagine the effect it will have on teens and children.


     Of course, now you are probably wondering “if vaping is so harmful then why do people do it?” Well, the answer is not as straightforward as you might think. I had a cousin who struggled with a vaping addiction. Although it started as something she was “just curious about.” She soon got hooked on the exotic flavors and exciting tricks. “I did it when I was stressed so I could relax.” When the pressures of school, home, and even her friends became too much to handle she turned to her Puff Bar and its 50 milligrams of nicotine. Although it made her feel relaxed, it also left her with dizziness, chest pain, and even an atonic seizure, which left her body temporarily paralyzed and gave her mind a sharp wake up call. The reason for vaping varies by person, but any brief relief you might feel is just not worth the long-term suffering.

However, it does not always stop at vaping. As I have seen with my own eyes, people often become bored with vaping and turn to more “exciting” drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and meth. These drugs are even more dangerous and deadly especially for kids and teens. They leave you dizzy and disoriented with a pounding head and a turning stomach. You will have permanent damage in places you cannot even see. Once you board that train, there is no going back. It is extremely hard to get off, especially since getting off can mean almost certain death.


     Perhaps the worst part of addiction is watching those you love and care about go through it. Seeing them at a low you didn’t even know was possible. You can plead with them to stop, show them what harm will come to their bodies, and read repeatedly facts about the dangers of what they’re doing, but eventually and inevitably, it’s up to them. You can give your love and support, but in reality, you are only a bystander. The only people who can save them are themselves.






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