ShareThis Page
Editorial: Adults need to be informed about vaping, JUUL-ing | TribLIVE.com
Editorials

Editorial: Adults need to be informed about vaping, JUUL-ing

903186_web1_web-vape1

Do we really need another way to be addicted?

We have internet and we have cellphones. We have alcohol and we have drugs. Lots of drugs. From the legal to the illicit to the things we use as substitutes for drugs when drugs are too hard to find. And we have cigarettes.

So why do we need electronic cigarettes? Are we that desperate to technologize every aspect of our lives? Or is it that we are just as addicted to the novelty of a new way to ingest a substance as the substance itself?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigs or JUUL devices have “the potential to benefit adult smokers who are not pregnant if used as a complete substitute for regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products.”

So there is a reason for some people to use them. Like nicotine patches or gum, they can be a safer substitute for a dangerous practice, but even then, the CDC notes “scientists still have a lot to learn” about their effectiveness for that purpose.

What they do know is that they aren’t safe for people who haven’t started smoking, like kids. There is no reason for children who haven’t already exposed their lungs to nicotine or other chemicals to do so via a gadget that vaporizes a liquid that can smell and taste like gummy worms or grape bubblegum.

Like wine coolers in soda pop flavors, vaping liquids with candy names and tastes are attractive to a segment of the population that are not allowed to have them by law. That can make it all the more desirable.

So can the challenge of hiding in plain sight. E-cig devices can look like perfectly normal, non-banned items a kid might have in school. A flash drive. A pen. Experts say they can be used in public without being noticed. And the commercially available liquids aren’t the only things they can contain.

“If you think of any kind of harmful substance, if you can liquefy it, you can vape it,” said Laurie Golobish, director of pupil services at Greater Latrobe School District, which is hosting an awareness workshop at 7 p.m. Monday in the Greater Latrobe Senior High School auditorium. Another event is being held with the Indiana County DA on March 27 at Homer-Center High School.

We don’t need another way to become addicted. We need more ways to become informed.

Categories: Opinion | Editorials
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.