Friday, September 6, 2013
Rise Is Seen in Students Who Use E-Cigarettes
2. Category* of Problem/Issue identified in article: Health
3. Level of problem/issue: National Level
4. The article concerns individuals who smoke cigarettes and/or e-cigarettes and families who have teens in middle school or high school that are possibly being exposed to tobacco and could potentially harm them later on in life.
5. Why is this important to individuals/families? It is important because it has really taken off with kids in the last couple of years. Students who have never tried a traditional cigarette are now trying e-cigarettes which their fearing could become a gateway to more harmful product use. Not only that but e-cigarettes haven't been on the market long enough to know what the long-term side effects could potentially be.
6. What are your views on the issue/policy? I agree with the article when it explains how e-cigarettes haven't been on the market long enough for consumers to fully understand what all the side effects may be. As far as this issue pertaining to middle school and high school students, I believe kids are going to experiment regardless. If they see their peers smoking a cigarette whether it be a traditional or electronic one, more times than not they are going to participate to fit in. Electronic cigarettes have been made to look like a healthy alternative to smoking when in fact, no one knows what the real long term outcome may be. So for students who have never tried a traditional cigarette, I think they are under the assumption that this is a way for them to still "fit in" but do it in a healthy way when in fact it could be harming them even more. I didn't grow up with parents that smoked so for me it was never a big deal to try one and I still have never tried one to this day. I do feel that even though kids are going to experiment either way, parents should really be careful on what they subject their children to. If they grow up with cigarettes always around then chances are a tad bit higher that they will pick up the same habit since it is what they are used to. It also concerns me how middle school and even high school students are gaining access to these products so easily. Of course it is never going to be completely restricted from kids but they shouldn't be able to get them so easily either. In my opinion, if the drinking age is going to stay at 21, then the tobacco age should be at 21 as well.