Teen Vaping

Better Than Teen Smoking
Better Than Teen Smoking

Back in my teens, I remember wanting to do adult things. To feel, look and act like an adult. Now I realize that being an adult is just overrated, lol.

This might be the case for teens who vape. Little boys who want to do big boy stuff. I know because I’m guilty of that. Call it cliche, but I used to smoke in my teens because I thought it looked cool. Forget that nasty tobacco taste in my mouth, I thought it made me look like a bad-ass.

If I had the choice to give a teen either a cigarette or a vape, 10 out of 10 I would hand him the vape. It is way less dangerous (although there is not enough medical research to back this, I think it is pretty much plain common sense) than smoking a cancer stick. That’s why they call them that kids, because it causes cancer!

However, teenage vaping doesn’t really sit well with me. I find teen vaping to be quite uncomfortable when I think about it. It might just be a morality issue for me, but I don’t think its necessary for kids to vape.

This article got me thinking about this. According to the story, a survey in Utah showed that 1 out of 20 “children” (I’m really confused if they meant actully children or young teens) have tried vaping.

According to the article, vaping could be a gateway for teens to try smoking later. Okay, if this happens, just wait till they compare the taste of a cigarette to a vape. They won’t want to touch another cig again.

It also states that the crazy flavors that e-juices have appeal to the young market. No, not the case at all. Adults love gummy bears and apple jacks just as much as kids do, that’s why we have these flavors.

The article does come off as anti-vaping, so it could be propaganda fronting as a legit news article for all I know. But the thought of kids vaping (I’ve seen some videos on Youtube of teens vaping) doesn’t go down too well with me.

I think most people vape to quit smoking, and the others just do it for the fun of it. I have no problems with the latter because they are adults and it’s their life. I just find it totally unnecessary for teens to vape.

I say kids, don’t do it; but if you have to choose between a cigarette and vaping, then by all means GO FOR THE VAPE! Props to this junior for volunteering to model for their school news site about students vaping.


Flavored Cigars: Final Attempt Of The Dying Tobacco Industry

Flavored Cigars
Pick Your Poison

Okay, I’m going to get a little political with this post, knowing that I hate topics such as politics most of the time. For some reason, there is an article I just read that has gotten me hot. The drop in cigarette sales (which has decreased by a third in the past decade) is being offset by the rise in cigar sales.

Cigars? Really? I know cigarettes stink, but I remember cigars smelled 10 times worse.

What got me mad was that the Tobacco companies have come up with a new tactic, flavored cigars. Surprisingly, they now come in different flavors: blueberry, grape, cherry, and chocolate, just to name a few.

Another advantage these cigar companies have over traditional stogies is it costs much cheaper. Instead of buying a whole pack of cigarettes, these come in three’s, and some stores even sell singles.

What’s sad is that the majority of this upsurge in cigar sales are smokers between the ages of 18-24 (yes, 18. This is the legal age to buy cigarettes in Maryland.)

In my honest and humble opinion, this is just a last resort tactic of the Tobacco industry in getting the new generation hooked on smoking. The addition of flavors to cigars proves that people are already sick of the tobacco/menthol taste, and the companies are trying to branch out to a new, younger market.

I truly believe cigarettes will be phased out in the future, as we can see it slowly fading away. It was a bad idea in the first place. Vaping is winning the war, slowly but surely. It’s just sad that these consumers aren’t aware of how vaping is so much more awesome and cheaper compared to cigars.

But that’s my opinion. Let’s see how this plays out as the evil empire tries one last grab at the youth.