Pro versus con of vaping: Too many risks with vaping

Vaping has become popular with the rise of e-cigarettes and vape pens.

The vapor released when exhaling is an aerosol consisting of fine particles containing various toxic chemicals which, according to, have been linked to various negative effects on the body including cancer,  respiratory problems and heart disease.

Despite a ban on campus smoking,  many students still smoke in what used to be “designated smoking areas” and anywhere outdoors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most vaping products contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development that continues into the early- to mid-20s.

Nicotine causes people to crave something to smoke, and withdrawal symptoms occur if they ignore the craving.

Not only is nicotine addictive, it is toxic as well, according to

It raises blood pressure and spikes adrenaline, increasing heart rate and the likelihood of heart attacks.

The newest and most popular vaping product is the JUUL, a small,  sleek device that resembles a USB flash drive.

The JUUL accounts for about 72 percent of the market share for vaping products. It comes in many enticing flavors,  like crème brûlée, mango and fruit medley.

A single flavor cartridge contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes.

The enticing flavors are what hook many people to vaping, and they become easily addicted because of the nicotine.

Many people think vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but there are still many unknowns about vaping.

Those include what chemicals the vapor is made from and how these chemicals can affect physical health over a period of time.

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