By Mekenzie Burse
Battery-powered cigarettes. Are they being used to help people quit smoking, or just for fun? Electronic smoking seems to be the new trend amongst teenagers at Independence. Juul’s, vapes, and Phix’s are all examples of what has been being consumed on school campus, during and after school hours.
No smoking on school campus has been a set rule at all schools for a very long time. All schools in the East Side Union High School District, also follow this.
Smoking on campus, not only distracts other students, but also prevents you from learning and arriving to class on time, ready to learn.
“I have definitely seen students when watching video footage or at football games smoking e-cigarettes. I have seen adults smoking on campus as well.” Mr. Berg, Independence High School Principle, states.
Students are not only taking part during school hours, but also at school events. Other students, may not want to attend these events because of the current situation.
Tobacco companies know they are targeting teenagers, with the new flavors being infuzed in these smoking devices. Companies have started advertising smells, and fruity tastes with their products to get more buyers. “I mean you look at the flavors and aren’t there some specifically to attract the teens? I know I've smelt strawberry and other flavors.” Mr. Berg states.
It is difficult to interpret the real reasoning behind the smoking on campus as well. Are students doing this to be cool, or do they really have a problem with it? As we know, smoking has became a huge part on people ending up in hospitals, becoming addicted, and getting lung cancer as well as other illnesses. So, why are students doing it, even knowing the potential consequences.
“I think it's both. I think it's an idea of a way of rebelling, but there has always been an issue of students smoking. I remember when I was a student at Silver Creek going through some documents and there used to be a student smoking seconal on campus before it was even legal.” Mr. Berg inputted.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Drugs, however, can alter important brain areas that are necessary for life-sustaining functions and can drive the compulsive drug abuse that marks addiction.” Smoking even e cigarettes, can alter the way your brain functions. This would make it harder to pay attention in classes, get your work done, and understand what your being taught.