On vaping: recent bans are apt to minimize the amount of vapers

Natalie Derra, Staff writer

   There are no bad dogs according to the title of a popular training manual but don’t tell that to the parent of a child mauled by a Rottweiler. And as much as I would like to encourage the use of  electronic cigarettes as it’s a seemingly innovative way to lower the amount of smokers, I cannot lie – they are cancer sticks.

   On Sep 4, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer directed the state health department to issue an emergency ban on select E-cigarettes due to vaping-related deaths. Days later, President Donald Trump followed Whitmer’s lead and announced his effort to put a national ban on E-cigarettes with the exception of tobacco; with this, the nation hopes to reduce the amount of teens who vape as they will no longer be allured by candy-like flavors. 

   Because little is known about what it is in vapes that caused the recent deaths of seven persons, people don’t know what to think. All we do know is that there are tens of millions of possible victims at risk of lung damage or death. Politicians debate whether or not this ban will be effective like physicist debate quantum mechanics. One concern is that since teens who vape already have a nicotine addiction, what’s stopping them from reaching for cigarettes instead. But why is this a concern when vapes could be just as bad as cigarettes? 

    “Electronic cigarettes are just as harmful as regular cigarettes, and any claim made otherwise is equivalent to the claim that a heart attack is less harmful than cancer,” the Israel Cancer Association stated. 

    People are dying from vapes. The amount of deaths in the future could be higher than any epidemic that ever existed. We don’t know. And even though, conversely, untampered vapes could be relatively harmless, we shouldn’t risk keeping them accessible. It’s better safe than sorry. 

   Another concern is that the ban may be ineffective since teens will just disregard it and buy vapes from an online “black market”. In addition the ban, in Michigan, will not go into effect for another 25 days, giving vapers enough time to amass vapes. 

  To be candid, these things probably will happen but, more likely than not, most will end up quitting. We will never be able to control vaping completely but we can minimize it.

   “The ban gave me the push to quit. I feared for my health and I didn’t want to really damage my lungs. And the only positive about vaping I can think of makes this generation so pathetic. Vaping for kids nowadays creates a common interest which is the start to bonds amount young people,” said Saint Clair Shores Resident Vanessa Licavoli.

   Overall, the ban is apt to minimize the amount of teens who vape, and it could save countless lives.