School's no place to vape – Citizentribune

As the old rock diddy goes, “Everybody knows that smoking ain’t allowed in school.”

The same goes for vaping.

It’s been almost a decade since the first electronic cigarette and vape pens hit store shelves. The Sharpie-sized devices, which vaporize liquid nicotine rather than burn tobacco and create tar, are designed as a healthier alternative to cancer-causing conventional cigarettes.

Local school officials have seen a trend towards student use of these e-cigarettes and are trying to crack down. That’s a good thing.

Because of its relatively short existence, there hasn’t been a lot of scientific evidence on the effects of vaping. But a study released last month provides solid evidence that vaping is, in essence, a gateway to cigarettes for young people and should be prevented.

The report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said that while vaping may help adults quit conventional cigarettes, the practice may also encourage young people to start smoking. In fact, the study found substantial

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