Smoking with the Devil

Adam Antonneau, sports editor

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Everyday during school, junior John Doe makes his way to the bathroom to take a hit off his Juul. He uses it between passing periods, and during class, and if one didn’t look too closely on it, you’d think he was just using the bathroom a lot.

In 2019, 24 percent of high school seniors said they vaped in the last 30 days. This proves that the epidemic of vaping is no longer on its way, it’s already here.

Back in the day, smoking was part of the American way of life. People used cigarettes to not only relieve stress, but also for pleasure. Using them on planes, in schools, and anywhere and everywhere, established a culture that would last for years to come.

The availability of smokes would become an issue due to the lack of regulation, allowing kids to purchase them for cheap in vending machines. It was hard to condemn smoking when seeing ads promoting them as a staple of emotional and mental health. Heck, there was even a time when doctors smoked as they saw patients. It was indeed a different time. 

Fast forward to the 21st century, the dangers of cigarettes are revealed, and the use of cigarettes is at an all time low, but in the dawn of a new age, the devil is yet upon us with the introduction of vapes to our society.

Now in 2019, with teenage usage of e-cigarettes at an all-time high, individual states are taking the matter into their own hands. With states like New York and Connecticut considering a proposed law to ban e-cigarettes, the time is now to oppose e-cigarettes and return to the “all naturals.”

Although cigarettes are still dangerous, one could say the devil we know is less harmful than the devil we don’t. For all their evils, cigarettes are natural, with products of nature being used, rather than the unknown thousands of chemicals put inside a vape.

We must all do our part to end this usage; our generation cannot be the one that grows up to develop a new hybrid-super cancer due to the dangers of the unknown. Many aren’t going to like what I’m about to say, but maybe it’s time to be smart and put down the steam and pick up the smokes.