A nursing student's perspective
by Madison Henninger, IUSON Bloomington Class of 2020
In recent years, vaping has become a trend that has generally been regarded as a “safer” alternative to cigarette smoking. It may be easy to think this way because of the proven harmful effects of smoking, and the lack of similar effects when it comes to vaping and electronic cigarettes. However, as of November 2019, the CDC has reported that, in 49 of 50 states, there have been 2,290 E-cigarette or Vaping product Associated Lung Injuries (EVALIs) and 47 reported deaths.
It is important to remember the original intention of electronic cigarettes and vaping products: to assist chronic smokers in their efforts to stop smoking. Now, companies are profiting by marketing these products to high school and college-age students because of the lack of research and evidence about potential harmful effects. In order to better educate this young target population about vaping and e-cigarettes, healthcare professionals, teachers, professors, and other guiding figures should focus on early education about the risks and possible harmful effects of vaping.