Schools should not control whether or not students vape

Vapes are a healthier alternative to cigarettes for teenagers


Kate Schneider

With the recent rise in popularity of vaping among teenagers, schools have been trying to stop students from vaping at school. Whether or not students can vape at school is not a choice the administration gets to make.

According to the American Cancer Society, vaping is a much better alternative to smoking because vapers do not inhale the harmful particles that they do when smoking cigarettes. Cigarettes cause tar to accumulate in smoker’s lungs, which does not happen when vaping.

Smoking can also cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even mouth or lip cancer. In contrast, vaping is not guaranteed to lead to gum disease or other similar issues, as long as vapers take care of their teeth.

There are currently no studies proving that vaping will have any negative effects on long-term health. However, there are studies proving that smoking can take years off of your life. The people choosing to vape instead of smoke, get to preserve valuable years of their lives.

School administration should not have the power to regulate what students do as long as it is not affecting other students’ education. Vaping is a much safer alternative to smoking, and it is up to students to decide if they are going to vape at school or not.