Vaping Myths are Not Just Smoke

What are the risks? by Bella Gilbert

Why are teens getting into vaping in the first place?

In the last year, e-cigarette use by U.S. teenagers tripled — from 4.5 to 13.4 percent among high school students and from 1.1 to 3.9 percent among middle schoolers.

Not only do many teens find them cool, but e-cigarettes are also very accessible. In Wisconsin, a person must be 18 years of age to purchase cigarettes, both traditional and electronic. However, e-cigs easily can be obtained by teens younger than 18 from online vendors. There are more than 7,000 varieties of flavored e-cigarettes and e-juices, nicotine-containing liquid used in refillable devices, which may sound interesting or good to many teens.

In West Bend, for instance, it is not surprising that two of the newest shops that supply vapes are located on either side of the middle schools.

Know how to refuse

You can sternly and confidently say no, and hope they respect it. If they keep pressuring you to try it, walk away.

Find a group of friends that will support you in your choice not to smoke. It may be easier to reject one if you have a good group behind you to back you up.