By Cat Baldwin and Devin Hidayat
The smoke fills up every crevice of the room, every stall, and every lung. The sickly sweet stench reaches your nostrils, forcing an addiction that has plagued our school systems for a while: vaping.
The vape was invented in 1963, however, the epidemic in school systems has popped up recently in the 2010s. The introduction of Juul in 2015 influenced teens to give in, leading to the recent problem of bathroom vaping.
After a thorough investigation of each bathroom, a huge issue is seen in the 900 and 700 halls, where anywhere from two to seven vapers can be found puffing away.
According to the FDA, more than one in ten of current youth use an e-cigarette every day. More kids are in the bathroom vaping than anything else. Vaping at school not only distracts students from their academic lessons but causes them to experience effects from the unhealthy amount of nicotine consumed daily. Students here at CVHS and teens in general who vape have become hooked on vaping, to a point
Vaping’s effects are unclear, but concerning. Victims of the drug can experience long-term effects such as an increased chance of stroke, mood swings, lung disease increase, and bladder cancer. However, the representation of vapes in the media forces an unfair and manipulative model where “vaping in moderation can be healthy.” sacrifice grades for their habits.
“The 900 hall is especially filled with vapers. There are too many incidents related to said vapers, too,” said junior Hayden Holmgren.
Many Trojans continue to express uneasiness around the bathroom vapers and wonder about its harmful effects on everyone in CVHS.
As bathrooms are a big part of students’ everyday school life, the issue of vaping in the bathrooms makes going to the bathroom an annoyance to students who use the bathroom. So, how can this problem be solved? Building facilitator Kathleen Stacy expressed that the consequences of vaping and how to prevent vaping really depends on the entirety of the situation when a student is caught vaping.
“First, we need to understand why students are vaping so that we can get them the right help that they need. On top of that, when we do catch a student vaping, we follow our student handbook when coming up with a way to discipline them,” she said.
We also asked her what they are actively doing to prevent vaping, no specific details were given but she did say that many off and on campus programs were available to help kids stop vaping. The issue of vaping at school affects everyone, not just the kids who are vaping.