By Henry Stowell:
With smoking becoming more obsolete, a new trend has taken its place: vaping.
But does vaping affect a student’s schoolwork and productivity?
There are differing studies on the question. Some say workers who smoke are absent more often and work less, whereas others show that nicotine can improve concentration and memory.
So what are the effects of nicotine? While excess nicotine is toxic, nicotine in small doses has been shown by some to be helpful. In one study, people given nicotine recalled words better and had a longer attention span.
Another potentially positive effect of it is its use as an appetite suppressant. It can also decrease reaction time.
So is nicotine positive in school? First of all, smoking and vaping on school grounds in any form is illegal. The second risk, and the largest one, is health. Nicotine can be addictive and its most popular or common forms of intake (chew, smoking or vaping) are not exactly good for you. Cigarettes were shown by a study to cause 1 in 5 deaths in the United States.
Vaping nicotine could be helpful, but the risks are also great and currently outweigh the potential upside.
Tobacco use has been consistently decreasing in schools. Until vaping came along, mainly in the form of juuling. Vaping has become so frequent that people joke, “why are there toilets in the Juul room?” What are the risks of vaping though?
While excess nicotine is toxic, nicotine in very small doses has been shown by some to be helpful, as mentioned earlier.
However, the liquids used to vape can contain several harmful chemicals. Diacetyl, which is used as flavoring, sometimes can cause scarring in lung tissue. Nicotine can raise blood pressure and adrenaline levels, increasing heart rate and also increasing the risks of a potential heart attack. Chemicals in flavoring also can kill cells lining your blood vessels.
Another issue is the nicotine itself. Nicotine is highly addictive, and vaping contains more concentrated nicotine than cigarettes, thus increasing risk of addiction. Three out of four teen smokers carry the habit to adulthood, making it likely that teenage vaping could lead to lifelong dependency.
When asking some students about vaping, one student said “Vaping helps me calm down and do my homework. There are no health risks to vaping. Vaping is healthy.”
Another student said, “Vaping makes you feel good and vaping makes you cool. I only social vape.”
There are limited studies on vaping, making it hard to draw conclusions. However, since it contains nicotine, it isn’t exactly healthy.