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Vapes In Highschool

High schools around the country have been struggling against vapes. Vapes have become idolized by the youth in recent years for their flavors and kick. How do we combat this issue? 
 
Vaping is a big issue around schools in the United States but how big? Are we the only country that suffers from this problem? Is there anything we can do to stop this from happening within youth and schools? Well, A study from the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Found that 2.55 million High Schoolers reported vape usage in the last 30 days. That is 14% of high schoolers! But why is vaping so high in America and do other countries have this problem? First, Canada has seen more vaping in a percentage of high schoolers than the United States. Although by a minor margin, about 16% of Canadians use vapes. Other places though, like Europe, have higher percentages than America. According to the NCBI, 40% of high schoolers in Europe use vapes. That is a lot! However, many European countries allow vaping at the age of 16. Meaning it is not illegal to use like in Canada and the United States. So, this brings a question of why not make it legal? Vaping, however, is known for its Long-term health effects of the lungs and linked to having cancer. So how do we combat vaping? The CDC published that around 95% of teens who vape use flavored vapes, with 70% being fruity, candy, desserts, or other sweet flavors. So, are fruity flavors really needed? It would be hard to enforce a ban on those. Another way to combat this is the new vape sensors found in schools in bathrooms and other common vape spots. These are new though and there is not much info if these are effective.  

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Eric Siemens, Staff Writer
Hello! This is Eric, and he is a junior at Palmer High School This is his third year attending Palmer, and journalism is always something that has caught his eye. He loves reading books and articles by other artists. He attended summer camp and becoming a counselor in training was an amazing experience he got to enjoy. He enjoys watching a variety of sports including football, basketball, and soccer. Advocation is something he does feel strongly about and having an opportunity to express his feelings on topics with journalism is a pleasure.

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