While electronic cigarettes are marketed for those trying to quit smoking actual cigarettes, controversy surrounding the e-cigarettes has swept the nation as deaths related to lung disease have resulted from them. Seton Hall students shared their thoughts on smoking e-cigarettes.
In September, New Jersey Gov. Murphy’s e-cigarette task force tried to find the appropriate response to the issue of young people vaping. Since then, the Trump administration has floated the idea of banning both mint and menthol flavored pods on top of the already banned fruity flavor. This would leave only the “Virginia Tobacco” flavor left on the market.
Caroline Craig, a sophomore psychology major, commented on some of the laws and initiatives being taken to try and restrict the usage of vapes.
“I’m not entirely educated on the measures being taken to stop [vaping], but I do know it’s helped one of my friends who used to be a prescription drug abuser,” Craig said. “It helps him get the high he needs and wean himself off using his prescriptions some.”
Caitlin Lacey, a freshman communications major, also commented on the increased restrictions.
“I think it should be legal, but it should have some harsher limitations,” Lacey said. “It’s too easy for young people to get and it can be super harmful, especially to young adults.”
Tanmay Patel, a freshman mathematics major, shared his stance on vaping.
“When I first heard about ‘Juuling,’ I thought that it was a good alternative to smoking cigarettes or tobacco since it was always drilled into our heads that smoking cigarettes was 100% bad for you,” Patel said. “I don’t think the ban on ‘Juuling’ is deserved since cigarettes are much worse.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 1,604 vaping related cases of lung injury as of Oct. 22. This has been used as a big piece of evidence for legislators and health officials against vaping.
Caroline Schipke, a sophomore diplomacy and international relations major, said that she finds vaping to be annoying.
Istvan Varga, a freshman diplomacy and international relations major, shared his thoughts about vaping.
“‘Juuling’ has hidden damages to your health that may not be showing up now but will show up in the long run,” Varga said. “It’s not only the addictive nature that’s dangerous to people, but also their damages to people’s health. Also, it looks trashy.”
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