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City Council bans sale of vape products, e-cigarette products

According to Time, Trump issued a partial ban on the sale of certain e-cigarette flavors Jan. 2. Under the ban, companies like JUUL Labs will be prohibited from selling cartridges with mint and fruit flavorings, but will still be allowed to sell menthol and tobacco flavors. In this image, menthol is represented with the blue pod and tobacco is represented with the orange pod.

Marta Hill

January 8, 2020

At the first reading of the ordinance, former City Council member Steve Hallfin said the City Council should not get to decide what adults put into their own bodies. “People put bad things in their bodies all the time. We could be up here trying to ban alcohol. We know how many people get killed beca...

Ordinance in process to ban vaping products, e-cigarettes

City Council member Margaret Rog, City Manager Tom Harmening, and Mayor Jake Spano listen to public concerns regarding the new economic issues with vaping Dec. 16. Citizens of St. Louis Park including students from Benilde-St. Margaret's spoke their opinion regarding the laws of vaping in the city at the meeting.

Marta Hill

December 17, 2019

After speaking at a public hearing at a City Council meeting Dec. 16, Josie Nelson, a junior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, said limiting access to vaping products is important because vaping has many negative effects on youth. “I care about this issue because it is something that we see happen every...

Vaping can lead to serious pulmonary illnesses

Art by Maggie Klaers. According to pediatric lung specialist Dr. Brooke Moore, when looking at an x-ray of healthy lungs, the lungs should appear dark black, as they are filled with air. However, as of Oct. 1, over 1000 cases of a vaping-related illness have been reported. This illness causes otherwise healthy teens to present with pneumonia-like x-rays. White fluffy clouds of inflammation replace the black coloration of air in the x-ray.

Maggie Klaers

October 9, 2019

Years ago, senior Quentin Cloutier said he began vaping, but noticed adverse effects as his dependence on nicotine grew. “I was 16 when I started (vaping). I’ve been doing it for a really long time,” Cloutier said. “It’s for the buzz effect, honestly. It’s a stress reliever, but it’s ...

Staff Editorial: E-cigarette flavors ban serves as necessary step

Art by Maggie Klaers

September 21, 2019

Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes will bring much needed change to combat the vaping epidemic. Without access to appealing types of pods such as mango and mint, many middle and high schoolers will be prevented from ever getting addicted. According to the Center for Disease Control a...

Popular vaporizers present unrecognized risks

Popular vaporizers present unrecognized risks

Abby Intveld and Dani Orloff

November 9, 2018

Thinking about the people who vape in his life, junior Flynn Spano said he feels the use of vapes should be determined based on the situation. “Some people I know vape just for fun. But I know quite a few people who vape because they are quitting cigarettes,” Spano said. “I think for the peo...

Schools should not control whether or not students vape

Schools should not control whether or not students vape

Kate Schneider

November 8, 2018

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 cau...

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